Cosmopolitanism in One Country Political Legitimacy and the Democratic Constitutional State

24 Pages Posted: 11 Aug 2014

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David Owen

University of Southampton

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

This paper sketches an account of cosmopolitanism in one country, that is, it defends a view rooted in Enlightenment thought but rarely considered today in which cosmopolitanism as a constitutional order and democracy are reconciled in the state. Distinguishing two forms of membership of the state - political and communicative - it attempts to show how the principles of all subjected persons and affected interests demarcate the constituencies of these two types of demos - the decisional demos and the deliberative demos respectively. It offers this account as an account of political legitimacy of the state in a cosmopolitan order.

Keywords: cosmopolitanism, power, subjected, affected, political membership, communicative membership

Suggested Citation

Owen, David, Cosmopolitanism in One Country Political Legitimacy and the Democratic Constitutional State (2014). APSA 2014 Annual Meeting Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2454276

David Owen (Contact Author)

University of Southampton ( email )

University Rd.
Southampton SO17 1BJ, Hampshire SO17 1LP
United Kingdom

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