Mutual recognition in the supranational polity
in Supranational Citizenship
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This chapter examines what relations must obtain between the inhabitants of the EU as agents or as natural persons if these interpersonal relationships are to be adequate for citizenship. It takes up the objection, associated with the ‘no-demos’ thesis, that the required social and cultural preconditions for EU citizenship – especially, a common identity – are lacking. In response it develops the notion of ‘reasonable composite selves’, selves who are able to appropriately order their own multiple and varied roles, affiliations and commitments, and to respect other persons’ justifiable, multiple, and varied roles, affiliations, and commitments. This idea, taken together with that of a ‘community of rights’, forms the basis for a conception of political community suitable for the EU and for other political frameworks beyond the nation-state.


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