Equality and citizenship in global perspective

Chris Armstrong

in Rethinking Equality

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780719069246
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701287 | DOI:
Equality and citizenship in global perspective

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This chapter examines the prospects for egalitarian citizenship at a global level. Both citizenship and the hopes of a substantive egalitarian politics are tied to the fate of the nation-state. Andrew Linklater asserts that a nascent global citizenship regime is epitomised by the universal system of human rights, an ethic of global responsibility, and a worldwide public sphere or ‘global civil society’. This chapter examines this latter narrative in order to investigate the potential of such a citizenship regime to serve as a vessel for democratic egalitarian politics. In the global South and also in the rich West, neoliberalism has, if anything, widened and entrenched the dualism of liberal citizenship: whilst civil rights (and property rights in particular) are aggressively extended, there is serious resistance to the realisation of socio-economic rights. This chapter concludes by pointing to some of the ways in which a putative regime of global citizenship is being contested to more radical ends, in an attempt to make ‘global’ citizenship a category of equality rather than one of hierarchy.

Keywords: egalitarian citizenship; egalitarian politics; nation-state; Andrew Linklater; global citizenship; equality; global civil society; civil rights; property rights; human rights

Chapter.  12198 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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