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From citizenship to human rights: the stakes for democracy

Tambakaki, Paulina (2009) From citizenship to human rights: the stakes for democracy. Citizenship Studies, 13 (1). pp. 3-16. ISSN 1362-1025

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13621020802586594


A review of the literature on citizenship shows a trend away from anchoring citizenship practices to the nation-state and a move towards recasting the concept in universal terms. The paper examines this trend by focusing on the writings of Held, Bohman, and Benhabib. It distinguishes their 'deliberative' approach to citizenship, and suggests that this leads them to reformulate citizenship in a way which differs little from human rights. Although the paper shares in the view that a move to a human rights politics would pave the way for a more equitable order, it argues that there is also a risk. By drawing on the agonistic perspective on democratic politics, the paper shows that the risk is that we might undermine democratic politics by reducing it to a single principle.

Item Type:Article
Research Community:University of Westminster > Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages, School of
ID Code:6727
Deposited On:05 May 2009 12:12
Last Modified:05 May 2009 12:12

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