Legitimation and Representation: An Analysis of Policing ‘Aptitude’ in German Civil Service Law
In response, this doctoral project intends to make at least two substantial contributions to German constitutional law scholarship. First, it will chart the historical development and current use of the legal term ‘aptitude’. Second, it will develop and recommend a new legal understanding of aptitude consistent with a pluralist and diverse democracy under the rule of law. The methodological bases of this project thus include not only historical and doctrinal analyses, but also the consideration of sociological research and political and legal theory. Using these methods, this dissertation aims to develop a fresh understanding that considers representation and participation in public offices—especially the police forces—to be of vital importance to democracy legitimacy.
|Research outcome:||doctoral dissertation at the University of Freiburg (2019–2022)|
|Project language:||German Photo: Laura Wisser|