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Constitutional Patriotism by Jan-Werner Müller

By Jan-Werner Müller

Constitutional Patriotism bargains a brand new concept of citizenship and civic allegiance for trendy culturally various liberal democracies. Rejecting traditional debts of liberal nationalism and cosmopolitanism, Jan-Werner Müller argues for a sort of political belonging based on universalist norms, tailored for particular constitutional cultures. while, he provides a unique method of brooding about political belonging and the preconditions of democratic legitimacy past the geographical region. The publication takes the advance of the ecu Union as a case examine, yet its classes practice additionally to the USA and different elements of the world.

Müller's essay begins with a fascinating ancient account of the origins and unfold of the concept that of constitutional patriotism-the concept that political attachment should middle at the norms and values of a liberal democratic structure instead of a countrywide tradition or the "global human community." In a extra analytical half, he then proposes a serious perception of citizenship that makes room for dissent and civil disobedience whereas taking heavily a polity's desire for balance through the years. Müller's thought of constitutional patriotism responds to the demanding situations of the de facto multiculturalism of state-of-the-art states--with a few concrete coverage implications approximately immigration and the preconditions for citizenship sincerely spelled out. And it asks what civic empowerment might suggest in a globalizing world.

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I don’t want to tell this transnational conceptual history here—a history that has involved its fair share of unfortunate misunderstandings and deliberate mistranslations. Rather, I now want to turn to the question of whether we can formulate any kind of general theory of constitutional patriotism—irrespective, for the moment, of conceptual pasts, particular applications, and potential future contexts. Two NATIONS WITHOUT QUALITIES? Toward a Theory of Constitutional Patriotism [A]s soon as, behind the country, there stands the old State, justice is far away.

Sources, Supplements, and Solidarity Already at the time of Habermas’s initial formulation of his conception of constitutional patriotism, criticisms were levelled that were to reappear in the arguments of Anglo-American liberal nationalists many years later. In particular, numerous critics doubted whether this conception could yield attachment to a particular polity. In other words, given the central place of universalist norms in Habermas’s theory, the question was posed whether constitutional patriotism could ground a distinctive identity.

25 On a purely historiographical level, this acrimonious controversy revolved around the singularity of National Socialism and the Holocaust and, in particular, their comparability to Stalinism and the Gulag. ” In particular, Habermas claimed that a number of conservative historians were attempting to “normalize” German identity, and facilitating the return of a conventional form of national pride. This new national consciousness, in Habermas’s view, was to shore up the stability of the political system and, indirectly, that of the Western Alliance as a whole.

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