A European constitutional patriotism? The case restated

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Especially since the failure of the European Constitutional Treaty, the idea of a European constitutional patriotism has become subject to ever more intense criticism. is article argues that many of the criticisms of the idea of a European constitutional riotism have been based on philosophical misunderstandings (both of the notion of tutional patriotism as such, and of the role it could play in Europe) or rely on lausible empirical claims. Accordingly, the normative idea of constitutional patriotism first clarified; second, the article discusses some of the most common normative and empirical traps when trying to 'transfer' constitutional patriotism from a domestic nationstate context to the supranational level, as well as the tendency to overburden constitutional patriotism with expectations of solidarity and deliberative democracy; third, an U-specific post-sovereign, pluralist version of constitutional patriotism is defended against critics who see even such a vision as insufficiently sensitive to value pluralism and cultural diversity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)542-557
Number of pages16
JournalEuropean Law Journal
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2008

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