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Nationalism, patriotism and diversity. Conceptualising the national dimension in Neil MacCormick’s post-sovereign constellation


  • John Erik Fossum


This chapter scrutinises MacCormick’s liberal nationalism. The first issue with which he grapples is how well the post-sovereign constellation can re-configure nationalism through disposing of the exclusivist and suppressive (of regional forms of nationalism)propensities built into the sovereign state. Second, is the question of the status of liberal nationalism in MacCormick’s broader theoretical conception of the post-sovereign constellation. This also raises the issue as to whether there might be other, alternative, modes of allegiance that might be compatible with MacCormick’s general approach to law and politics in the post-sovereign constellation. In the concluding section, it is argued that a cosmopolitan constitutional patriotism might be a more suitable mode of allegiance for the post-sovereign constellation. The potential for harnessing this to a democratic end, the chapter argues, is best ensured by building upon the deep insights in MacCormick’s approach, and subsuming them under the theory of constitutional synthesis.

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  • John Erik Fossum, 2011. "Nationalism, patriotism and diversity. Conceptualising the national dimension in Neil MacCormick’s post-sovereign constellation," RECON Online Working Papers Series 7, RECON.
  • Handle: RePEc:erp:reconx:p0092

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