Lecture: From Maintaining Proper Order to Adverting Danger. Policey and the Police


Lecture by Michael Stolleis
Introduction by Rainer Forst

From the Late Middle Ages to the French Revolution, “policey” was understood as the comprehensive supervision, surveillance, and welfare support of the community by authorities for the sake of its “proper order.” Only with the birth of the modern constitutional state were duties restricted to averting danger. To what extent does the emergence of the “police” as a legally bound entity signify advancement?

An event by Frankfurter Kunstverein in cooperation with Cluster of Excellence “Normative Orders”