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Political Ethics

That politics, too, require a connection to ethical principles, is common knowledge. The more difficult task is to develop the relevant ethical principles and give reasons for them in detail. The aim of this thematic emphasis at IZE is to contribute to the necessary discussion on this topic.

This is also a matter of the area of tension between law and politics. On the one hand, political progress and political acting is more and more often hindered by the step-by-step “juridification” of all areas of life. On the other hand, due to politics' increasing orientation on (inter alia economical) expedience, the question whether law is needed more than ever as a necessary corrective for unboundedly operating politics, must be always raised anew. This also includes discussing the term and the contours of a state under the rule of law (“Rechtsstaat”).