The incoherence of the patriotic state: a critique of 'constitutional patriotism'

Breda, Vito (2004) The incoherence of the patriotic state: a critique of 'constitutional patriotism'. Res Publica, 10. pp. 247-265. ISSN 1356-4765


Habermas proposes a new solution to the problematic relation between republican values and democracy. He asserts that a new model of social cohesion is needed and he suggests that the sense of 'community' in a democratic
society should be founded exclusively on the acceptance and support of a system of constitutionally established rules which are the logical result of the historical evolution
of constitution-making. He argues that an account of the constitutional process which led to the formation of the modern republican state should provide the criteria for a rational set of norms which will exclude nationalism from the political arena. In this article, I point out the democratic hazards and the internal incoherence of Habermas's alternative to the national state and I argue that a theoretical substitute should consider the existence of national identities as one of the aspects of modern pluralistic society.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright 2004 Kluwer Academic Publisher. Permanent restricted access to published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Law
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2014 22:30
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2014 06:52
Uncontrolled Keywords: constitutional law; democracy; European Union; Habermas; nationalism; patriotism
Fields of Research : 18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180108 Constitutional Law
16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160609 Political Theory and Political Philosophy
18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180122 Legal Theory, Jurisprudence and Legal Interpretation
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9402 Government and Politics > 940201 Civics and Citizenship
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1007/s11158-004-0828-x

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