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A Theory Of Citizenship

Organizing Plurality In Contemporary Democracies, 1st Edition

By Herman R. Van Gunsteren


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Does vital citizenship require moral consensus? Or is it the ability to organize our differences, that allows people to live together as citizens in a republic? Whereas liberal, republican, and communitarian theories of citizenship analyzed the conditions of citizenship, the central message of this book is that the practical exercise of citizenship

Table of Contents

Preface -- Why Citizenship? -- Citizenship on the Political Agenda -- Theories of Citizenship, Old and New -- What Citizens Do -- Plurality in The Unknown Society -- Against Consensus -- Deep Groups Under a Multicultural Surface -- Citizens in Public Office -- How Citizens Are Formed -- Education -- Admission and Exclusion -- Work and Third Age Citizens -- Moral Unity or a Steady Diet of Conflicts? -- Political Institutions and the Idea of Citizenship -- The Outlook for Citizenship

About the Author

Herman R. Van Gunsteren is professor of political theory at Leiden University and the author of Time for Retirement (1991) and The Quest for Control (1976).

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