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Rethinking EqualityThe Challenge of Equal Citizenship$
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Chris Armstrong

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780719069246

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719069246.001.0001

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Equality and citizenship in global perspective

Equality and citizenship in global perspective

(p.164) 7 Equality and citizenship in global perspective
Rethinking Equality

Chris Armstrong

Manchester University Press

This chapter examines the prospects for egalitarian citizenship at a global level. Both citizenship and the hopes of a substantive egalitarian politics are tied to the fate of the nation-state. Andrew Linklater asserts that a nascent global citizenship regime is epitomised by the universal system of human rights, an ethic of global responsibility, and a worldwide public sphere or ‘global civil society’. This chapter examines this latter narrative in order to investigate the potential of such a citizenship regime to serve as a vessel for democratic egalitarian politics. In the global South and also in the rich West, neoliberalism has, if anything, widened and entrenched the dualism of liberal citizenship: whilst civil rights (and property rights in particular) are aggressively extended, there is serious resistance to the realisation of socio-economic rights. This chapter concludes by pointing to some of the ways in which a putative regime of global citizenship is being contested to more radical ends, in an attempt to make ‘global’ citizenship a category of equality rather than one of hierarchy.

Keywords:   egalitarian citizenship, egalitarian politics, nation-state, Andrew Linklater, global citizenship, equality, global civil society, civil rights, property rights, human rights

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