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A History of Public Law in Germany 1914–1945$
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Michael Stolleis

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199269365

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199269365.001.0001

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Administrative Law Theory and Administrative Doctrine

Administrative Law Theory and Administrative Doctrine

(p.198) 6 Administrative Law Theory and Administrative Doctrine
A History of Public Law in Germany 1914–1945

Michael Stolleis

Oxford University Press

Following the end of the war, an end to the revolution, and the creation of a constitution, the field of administrative law was able to pause and take stock for the first time. It had experienced demobilization and the enormous pressures from the problems of providing for the poor and the unemployed and running the housing administration. The question was whether the more recent developments would be ‘deliberately ignored’, which is what Otto Mayer was doing. He believed that ‘little is lost’ by taking this approach, because a careful sifting of the accumulated new material would presumably reveal in the end that it always contained the same, virtually supra-temporal elements. Otto Mayer, deeply convinced of the universality of his categories, and magnificent and one-sided reductionist that he was, was able simply to reject the phenomena that had become visible during the war.

Keywords:   war, revolution, constitution, administrative law, Otto Mayer

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