A Duty to Act as a Global or Ecological Citizen?

Andrew Mason

in Living Together as Equals

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199606245
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741562 | DOI:
A Duty to Act as a Global or Ecological Citizen?

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The idea that relationships of citizenship may extend beyond state borders even in the absence of transnational political institutions is implicit in the idea that duties of ecological citizenship are owed to those in the developing world who bear the brunt of climate change as a result of unsustainable practices in industrialized countries. It is also implicit in the contention that duties of global citizenship are owed to those who live in grinding poverty in other countries. But even if these duties are properly regarded as duties of justice, it is not clear that they can legitimately be described as duties of ecological or global citizenship. This is not simply because citizenship is about the enjoyment of rights as well as the incurring of duties. It is also because it is part of the core concept of citizenship that the duties of citizenship are special duties which fellow citizens owe to each other as part of that relationship.

Keywords: global citizenship; ecological citizenship; climate change; world poverty

Chapter.  7378 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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