Cosmopolitan Patriotism as a Civic Ideal

Lior Erez, Cécile Laborde

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Recent theoretical debates have questioned the compatibility of patriotism with global political responsibilities, as identified by cosmopolitan theory. In response, several authors claim that a cosmopolitan patriotism is both possible and desirable. In this article, we propose two desiderata for cosmopolitan patriotism as a civic ideal, which existing accounts fail to meet. First, arguments for cosmopolitan patriotism should provide an account of collective identification, supporting the relation between the actions of one's country and one's appropriate reactive attitudes. Second, such a theory should be able to explain the patriot's commitment to critical engagement with her country's actions. We then offer a critical appraisal of two accounts linking patriotism with global responsibility—Permissible Partialism and Globally Responsible Nationalism—-and demonstrate how they fall short. Finally, we propose an account of civic republican patriotism, which better explains how cosmopolitanism and patriotism can be brought together.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)191-203
Number of pages13
JournalAmerican Journal of Political Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2020

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations


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