Constitutional patriotism

Breda, Vito ORCID: (2020) Constitutional patriotism. In: Handbook of patriotism. Springer Nature, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 179-192. ISBN 978-3-319-54483-0


This chapter discusses constitutional patriotism and its possible implications in highly diversified societies. Constitutional patriotism is a theory of deliberative democracy that provides a normative justification for modern constitutional systems. In particular, constitutional patriotism suggests a rational explanation for the sense of alliance that individuals normally have toward their own constitutions without allocating such an alliance on the ever-present sense of belonging to a national community. The unpinning assumptions of constitutional patriotism are drawn from Kantian epistemology. In this chapter, I will argue that constitutional patriotism as an explicative political theory must include a substantive protection of communal identities.

The practice of discussing political issues provides a mechanism for individuals who might profoundly disagree with the present and past results of such interaction to internalize the legitimacy of decisions taken by public institutions. This is the so-called normative spillover or normative surplus effect of constitutional patriotism. From this perspective, constitutional patriotism is one of the most persuasive justifications for a democratic constitutional system that includes a large group of individuals who perceive others as strangers and yet are partakers of the ideals manifested in their constitutional document. However, I will argue that cultural diversity, which yields a plurality of political claims over what the common good might be, requires a substantive protection, analogous to the one that most liberal societies grant to religious communities and minority groups.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Law and Justice (1 Jul 2013 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Law and Justice (1 Jul 2013 -)
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2019 00:21
Last Modified: 23 May 2022 07:31
Uncontrolled Keywords: constitutional patriotism, Habermas, highly diversified societies, consociative democracies
Fields of Research (2008): 18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180108 Constitutional Law
18 Law and Legal Studies > 1899 Other Law and Legal Studies > 189999 Law and Legal Studies not elsewhere classified
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160803 Race and Ethnic Relations
18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180106 Comparative Law
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2202 History and Philosophy of Specific Fields > 220204 History and Philosophy of Law and Justice
Fields of Research (2020): 48 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 4807 Public law > 480702 Constitutional law
48 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 4899 Other law and legal studies > 489999 Other law and legal studies not elsewhere classified
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4410 Sociology > 441013 Sociology of migration, ethnicity and multiculturalism
48 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 4803 International and comparative law > 480302 Comparative law
50 PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES > 5002 History and philosophy of specific fields > 500202 History and philosophy of law and justice
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940499 Justice and the Law not elsewhere classified
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
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