By Jan-Werner Müller
Constitutional Patriotism deals a brand new idea of citizenship and civic allegiance for trendy culturally various liberal democracies. Rejecting traditional money owed of liberal nationalism and cosmopolitanism, Jan-Werner Mller argues for a sort of political belonging situated on universalist norms, tailored for particular constitutional cultures. while, he provides a singular method of wondering political belonging and the preconditions of democratic legitimacy past the countryside. The ebook takes the advance of the eu Union as a case learn, yet its classes follow additionally to the USA and different components of the area. Mller's essay begins with an attractive ancient account of the origins and unfold of the idea that of constitutional patriotism-the concept that political attachment should middle at the norms and values of a liberal democratic structure instead of a countrywide tradition or the "global human community." In a extra analytical half, he then proposes a serious belief of citizenship that makes room for dissent and civil disobedience whereas taking heavily a polity's want for balance through the years. Mller's thought of constitutional patriotism responds to the demanding situations of the de facto multiculturalism of contemporary states--with a few concrete coverage implications approximately immigration and the preconditions for citizenship essentially spelled out. And it asks what civic empowerment may perhaps suggest in a globalizing international.
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This brief retelling of the emergence of a distinctive vision of constitutional patriotism has highlighted the historical circumstances and conceptual contexts in which the idea of constitutional patriotism was conceived. In itself, it is of course no surprise that constitutional patriotism has particular origins—how could it not? ”49 More interesting is the fact that constitutional patriotism has relied on, so to speak, particular “supplements of particularity”—or, put differently, a constellation of subsidiary concepts which have allowed the universalist morality at the center of constitutional patriotism to be embedded within a (necessarily) particular political culture.
But “empty universalism” is not enough of an objection by liberal nationalists; and genealogy cannot automatically count as critique. Now, this defense doesn’t yet in any way answer the question whether constitutional patriotism really is of wider relevance—this is the question I want to engage in the next chapter. Before leaving the conceptual history of constitutional patriotism behind, however, I just want to stress that throughout its brief life in West Germany itself, constitutional patriotism always had very notable detractors.
Religious legitimacy is— or ought to be—abandoned alongside traditionalism and other apparently transcendent sources of authority. De- 28 O N E mocracy, in turn, needs rights and liberties, which by their very nature contain a universalist kernel. Their realization, however, requires a particular polity; de facto, they require the nation-state, the only political framework in which large-scale democracy has appeared in the modern world. Yet their universalist normative content always exceeds any necessarily particular realization in time.
Constitutional Patriotism by Jan-Werner Müller