From the good international citizen to the cosmopolitan political community: A constitutional path

Shapcott, Richard (2013) From the good international citizen to the cosmopolitan political community: A constitutional path. International Politics, 50 1: 138-157. doi:10.1057/ip.2012.32

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Author Shapcott, Richard
Title From the good international citizen to the cosmopolitan political community: A constitutional path
Journal name International Politics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1384-5748
1740-3898
Publication date 2013-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1057/ip.2012.32
Volume 50
Issue 1
Start page 138
End page 157
Total pages 20
Place of publication Basingstoke, United Kingdom
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
While advocates of liberal internationalism have traditionally identified the state as an agent of progressive transformation of the international realm, they have had less to say about the specific domestic mechanisms that might govern the foreign policies of 'good' states. This article argues that domestic constitutions provide both a legal limit on the actions of governments and other actors, and also the means whereby citizens can pursue legal redress against the state. They therefore play a potentially constraining role that is different from that provided by the embedding of cosmopolitan law in transnational and international legal codes and norms. Transformed in this way, states become powerful agents for achieving cosmopolitan purposes and ultimately transforming world order.
Keyword Cosmopolitanism
Constitutionalism
Good international citizenship
Internationalism
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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