State of exception

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For the 2005 book by Giorgio Agamben, see State of Exception (2005).

A state of exception (German: Ausnahmezustand) is a concept in the legal theory of Carl Schmitt, similar to a state of emergency, but based in the sovereign's ability to transcend the rule of law in the name of the public good. This concept is developed in a work of Giorgio Agamben, "State of Exception".

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