Constitutional patriotism

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Breda, Vito. 2020. "Constitutional patriotism." Sardoc, Mitja (ed.) Handbook of patriotism. Cham, Switzerland. Springer. pp. 179-192
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Constitutional patriotism

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID3337
Book TitleHandbook of patriotism
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AuthorBreda, Vito
EditorsSardoc, Mitja
Page Range179-192
Chapter Number11
Number of Pages14
Year2020
PublisherSpringer
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
ISBN9783319544830
9783319544847
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-30534-9_5-1
Web Address (URL)https://link.springer.com/referenceworkentry/10.1007/978-3-319-30534-9_5-1
Abstract

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.

Keywordsconstitutional patriotism, Habermas, highly diversified societies, consociative democracies
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020480702. Constitutional law
489999. Other law and legal studies not elsewhere classified
441013. Sociology of migration, ethnicity and multiculturalism
480302. Comparative law
500202. History and philosophy of law and justice
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