Transnational citizenship: problems of definition, culture and democracy

Stokes, Geoffrey 2004, Transnational citizenship: problems of definition, culture and democracy, Cambridge review of international affairs, vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 119-135, doi: 10.1080/0955757042000203687.

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Title Transnational citizenship: problems of definition, culture and democracy
Author(s) Stokes, Geoffrey
Journal name Cambridge review of international affairs
Volume number 17
Issue number 1
Start page 119
End page 135
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2004-04
ISSN 0955-7571
Summary There is widespread disagreement over whether transnational citizenship provides defensible extensions of, or meaningful complements to, national citizenship. A significant strand of criticism relies upon empirical arguments about political motivation and the consequences of transnationalism. This paper addresses two questions arising from empirical arguments relating to the nation state and democracy. Do the alleged cultural requirements for effective political action provide an insuperable barrier to transnational citizenship? Does transnational citizenship necessarily require a commitment to transnational democracy? I argue that these largely empirical criticisms do not succeed in casting doubt upon the normative plausibility or practical viability of transnational projects. On the first question, I point to a growing transnational political culture that serves to motivate transnational citizens. On the second question, I argue for a legitimate category of transnational citizenship that, although inspired by cosmopolitan morality, is different from it, and that does not require transnational democracy.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/0955757042000203687
Field of Research 160609 Political Theory and Political Philosophy
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2004, Centre of International Studies
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