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A general theory of constitutional patriotism

Jan-Werner Müller

in International Journal of Constitutional Law

Published on behalf of The New York University School of Law

Volume 6, issue 1, pages 72-95
Published in print January 2008 | ISSN: 1474-2640
Published online December 2007 | e-ISSN: 1474-2659 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/icon/mom037
A general theory of constitutional patriotism

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This article offers a theory of constitutional patriotism independent of the controversial social theories of modernization and rationalization with which Jürgen Habermas's version of constitutional patriotism is associated. It argues that the purpose of constitutional patriotism, as a set of beliefs and dispositions, is to enable and uphold a liberal democratic form of rule that free and equal citizens can justify to each other. The object of patriotic attachment is a specific constitutional culture that mediates between the universal and the particular, while the mode of attachment is one of critical judgment. Finally, constitutional patriotism results in a number of policy recommendations that are clearly different from policies that liberal nationalists would advocate.

Journal Article.  11006 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law ; UK Politics

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