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By Paulina Tambakaki

While human rights were having fun with unparalleled salience, the concept that of the citizen has been considerably challenged. emerging moral matters, the calling into query of kingdom sovereignty, and the consolidation of the human rights regime, have all contributed to a shift in concentration: from an exclusionary, problematical citizenship to human rights. Human Rights or Citizenship? examines this shift and explores its implications for democracy. In an available method, the publication explores the arguments inside modern democratic conception that privilege legislation and legally codified human rights over citizenship; wondering even if legalism on my own could lead on us to a greater, extra equitable politics. Does the prioritisation of legislation and legally codified human rights danger depoliticisation? Do human rights continuously contest kin of energy and subordination? Addressing those questions, Human Rights or Citizenship? opens a debate concerning the position of citizenship and human rights in democracy. will probably be precious examining for somebody attracted to democratic politics today.

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Squires clarifies and stresses that the universalism of national citizenship, which in the final analysis is what multiculturalism challenges, has been theorised either as assimilation or as integration (2000: 5–7). Civic republican citizenship assimilates, as we have seen, particularity and liberal citizenship integrates it. And this is precisely where, in a nutshell, the problem lies, where the limitations of the dominant understandings of national citizenship come to the fore. On the one hand, a liberal and/or civic republican citizenship needs to be revised so as to accommodate, but without either assimilating or overriding, particularity – especially in the light of arguments stressing the importance of culture for individual well-being.

Whereas therefore the demos defines liberty, it is in the name of liberty that the actions of the demos are limited. Mouffe explains at length: Democratic logics always entail drawing a frontier between ‘us’ and ‘them’, those who belong to the demos and those who are outside it. This is the condition for the very exercise of democratic rights. It necessarily creates a tension with the liberal emphasis on respect of ‘human rights’, since there is no guarantee that a decision made through democratic procedures will not jeopardise some existing rights.

Inasmuch as we are each oriented toward an impartial solution, we are each oriented toward the same solution; and this sense of common orientation guides us in our deliberation with one another. Or to put it the other way round: any lingering plurality of views, any lingering dissensus, is a sure sign that some partial interests have not yet been transformed into impartial ones. (1999: 211) This presupposition that ‘deliberation offers consensus’, as Waldron puts it, reveals a particular, consensual, approach to the political.

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