The Constitution Of The Nation State

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Background and context Through the use of quantitative analysis, this paper analyses to what extent individuals’ identification with the constitution of the nation-state, referred to as constitutional patriotism, can provide a basis for a common European ‘demos’. The theoretical framework draws upon the German philosopher Jürgen Habermas and his concept of moral reason, communicative rationality, and deliberative democracy. We aim to build up the necessary theoretical framework needed to understand how Habermas envisions a future European Union by comparing his views on democracy with the ones from the classic liberal and communitarian traditions of democracy. The main hypothesis under investigation is the claim that constitutional patriotism can provide the basis for a European demos. Habermas argues that an EU with increased political skills, among other things can be the solution to ensure efficient welfare services, and, ultimately, to promote international peace (Habermas 2006: 43) (Habermas 2012: 20) (Habermas, 1998: 317) (Habermas 2005a : 210) (Habermas 2005b: 261). However, there is considerable disagreement about whether there is a cure for this absence of a demos. From a communitarian point of view, there is no cure, whereas Habermas articulates that a common European demos can and must exist. According to Habermas the future of EU demands an increased in dialogue between EU citizens from different member states. However, for this dialogue to take place, it
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