The Concept of Public Interest.

The Concept of Public Interest.

The book chapter I co-authored with Christoph Bezemek (Uni Graz) is out.

Chistoph Bezemek and Tomas Dumbrovsky, The Concept of Public Interest, in Lubos Tichy and Michael Potacs (eds.), Public Interest in Law (Intersentia 2021), pp. 3-24.

Public interest, in the words of Felix Frankfurter, is a “vague, impalpable but all-controlling consideration”. It carries legitimacy and justifies coercion. Its vagueness, combined with its extensive range, entails the concept’s success just as it is responsible for its failings. This chapter is dedicated to the analysis of the challenges inherent to the quest of those aspirations that (claim to) unite the political community.