Constitutional patriotism and the Scottish referendum

Breda, Vito (2015) Constitutional patriotism and the Scottish referendum. In: Intricacies of Patriotism: towards a complexity of patriotic allegiance. Peter Lang, Oxford, United Kingdom, pp. 161-185. ISBN 978-365305933-5


Since its first appearance just over a decade ago, Habermas's constitutional patriotism has inspired a rich and articulate series of theoretical analyses and has indirectly encouraged constitutional projects such as the Constitution for Europe. The popularity of constitutional patriotism among political and constitutional theorists has, however, also generated some confusion over the aims and basic structure of Habermas's endeavour. For instance, it is unclear whether constitutional patriotism ought to be considered a constitutional or political theory. This paper seeks to clarify some of the misunderstandings surrounding constitutional patriotism. It will contend that the theory is, at its core, a political theory that explains the implications of having a democratically open constitutional polity. It also provides a better understanding of the processes, such as the 2014 Scottish referendum over independence, aimed at re-adjusting the relation between central and regional institutions.
The paper is divided into three sections. The first section introduces Habermas's theory of constitutional patriotism. I argue that one of constitutional patriotism's main contributions to current constitutional and political debates is an increased awareness of the democratic and political pluralism. The second section discusses the effect that pluralism should have in a deliberative democracy. In the third section, I discuss the potential contribution that constitutional patriotism might in the debate over the 2014 Scottish referendum over independence.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Law and Justice
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2016 02:12
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2017 01:54
Uncontrolled Keywords: constitutional patriotism; Habermas; devolution
Fields of Research : 18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180108 Constitutional Law
18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180106 Comparative Law
18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180119 Law and Society
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2202 History and Philosophy of Specific Fields > 220204 History and Philosophy of Law and Justice
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940499 Justice and the Law not elsewhere classified
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970118 Expanding Knowledge in Law and Legal Studies
Identification Number or DOI: 10.3726/978-3-653-05933-5

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