Hart Publishing - Legal History 2019

ORDER ONLINE www.hartpublishing.co.uk The Referendum and Other Essays on Constitutional Politics Matt Qvortrup Until recently, referendums were little used. After the Scottish independence and Brexit referendums, they have come to the fore as a mechanism with the potential to disrupt the status quo and radically change political direction. This book looks at the historical development of the referendum, its use in different jurisdictions, and the types of constitutional questions it seeks to address. Written in an engaging style, the book offers a clear, objective overview of this important political and constitutional tool. Matt Qvortrup is Professor of Political Science at Coventry University. May 2019 | 224pp | Hbk | 9781509929290 | RSP: £20 Dominus Mundi Political Sublime and the World Order Pier Giuseppe Monateri This monograph makes a seminal contribution to existing literature on the importance of Roman law in the development of political thought in Europe. In particular it examines the expression ‘dominus mundi’, following it through the texts of the medieval jurists – the Glossators and Post-Glossators – up to the political thought of Hobbes. Understanding the concept of dominus mundi sheds light on how medieval jurists understood ownership of individual things; it is more complex than it might seem; and this book investigates these complexities. The book also offers important new insights into Thomas Hobbes, especially with regard to the end of dominus mundi and the replacement by Leviathan. Finally, the book has important relevance for contemporary political theory. With fading of political diversity Monateri argues “that the actual setting of globalisation represents the reappearance of the Ghost of the Dominus Mundi, a political refoulé – repressed – a reappearance of its sublime nature, and a struggle to restore its universal legitimacy, and take its place.”In making this argument, the book adds an important original vision to current debates in legal and political philosophy. Pier GiuseppeMonateri is Professor of Lawat the University of Torino. He is amember of the International Academy of Comparative Law (New York), l’Accademia delle Scienze (Bologna) and la Société de Législation Comparée (Paris). Sep 2018 | 210pp | Hbk | 9781509911752 | RSP: £60