Mutual recognition in the supranational polity

Lynn Dobson

in Supranational Citizenship

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780719069529
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781781702154 | DOI:
Mutual recognition in the supranational polity

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This chapter examines what relations must obtain between the inhabitants of the EU as agents or as natural persons if these interpersonal relationships are to be adequate for citizenship. It takes up the objection, associated with the ‘no-demos’ thesis, that the required social and cultural preconditions for EU citizenship – especially, a common identity – are lacking. In response it develops the notion of ‘reasonable composite selves’, selves who are able to appropriately order their own multiple and varied roles, affiliations and commitments, and to respect other persons’ justifiable, multiple, and varied roles, affiliations, and commitments. This idea, taken together with that of a ‘community of rights’, forms the basis for a conception of political community suitable for the EU and for other political frameworks beyond the nation-state.

Keywords: Demos; Interpersonal; Role; Affiliation; Commitment; Political Community; European Union; Recognition; Identity; Beyond the nation-state

Chapter.  8444 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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