A Global Civics: Necessary? Feasible?

Improving global governance
Posted May 14, 2018 | Global Policy, Hakan Altinay

In its contemporary use, civics refers to the constellation of rights and responsibilities emanating from citizenship in a nation-state. But would global civics be feasible, or desirable? There are several plausible objections to the concept as meaningful experiences of pan-global human solidarity is nascent at best, still restricted to a few activists and international elites. Notwithstanding this skepticism, Hakan Altinay shows in this article for Global Policy that it is possible to imagine global civics. He considers the views that have impeded consideration of the concept; outlines the rationale for a global civics; and offers two thought experiments to operationalise the concept. 



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