Constitutional Patriotism

Princeton University Press
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Constitutional Patriotism offers a new theory of citizenship and civic allegiance for today's culturally diverse liberal democracies. Rejecting conventional accounts of liberal nationalism and cosmopolitanism, Jan-Werner Müller argues for a form of political belonging centered on universalist norms, adapted for specific constitutional cultures. At the same time, he presents a novel approach to thinking about political belonging and the preconditions of democratic legitimacy beyond the nation-state. The book takes the development of the European Union as a case study, but its lessons apply also to the United States and other parts of the world.

Müller's essay starts with an engaging historical account of the origins and spread of the concept of constitutional patriotism-the idea that political attachment ought to center on the norms and values of a liberal democratic constitution rather than a national culture or the "global human community." In a more analytical part, he then proposes a critical conception of citizenship that makes room for dissent and civil disobedience while taking seriously a polity's need for stability over time. Müller's theory of constitutional patriotism responds to the challenges of the de facto multiculturalism of today's states--with a number of concrete policy implications about immigration and the preconditions for citizenship clearly spelled out. And it asks what civic empowerment could mean in a globalizing world.

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Jan-Werner Müller teaches politics at Princeton University. He is the author of A Dangerous Mind: Carl Schmitt in Post-War European Thought and Another Country: German Intellectuals, Unification and National Identity. He regularly contributes to a number of major European newspapers and magazines.
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Princeton University Press
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Jan 10, 2009
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Political Science / Civics & Citizenship
Political Science / Civil Rights
Political Science / History & Theory
Political Science / International Relations / General
Political Science / Political Ideologies / Democracy
Political Science / Political Ideologies / Nationalism & Patriotism
Social Science / Demography
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Promue au rang de « standard» dans le monde anglo-saxon, cette étude pénétrante de Jan-Werner Müller apporte au public francophone une lumière inédite sur un penseur transformé en objet de fascination intellectuelle.

Historien de la pensée politique moderne, Jan-Werner Müller enseigne depuis 2005 à l’Université de Princeton. Après des études à l’Université libre de Berlin et à University College à Londres, il avait auparavant été Fellow de All Souls College à Oxford (2003-2005) et chargé d’enseignement à l’École des hautes études en sciences sociales à Paris.

Texte traduit de l'anglais par Sylvie Taussig.
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