The Members of the State

N. W. Barber

in The Constitutional State

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199585014
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595318 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Constitutional Theory

The Members of the State

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This chapter discusses the relationships people can have with states and the ways in which these relationships interact with, and are conditioned by, the purposes and claims of the state. At the heart of it is an account of citizenship. It reflects on the nature of citizenship as it is manifested in the connection between the citizen and the state, and — equally importantly — in the interaction of citizens. It argues that citizenship is the paradigmatic form of state membership; an institution which must be established if the state is to maximally achieve its primary purpose. To lay the foundations for this argument, the chapter starts by identifying this purpose, and then demonstrates how this illuminates the claims of the state, discussed in the previous chapter.

Keywords: state membership; citizenship; citizens; state; interaction

Chapter.  12147 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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