On Constitutional Patriotism and Its Critics


  • Lukas Schmid London School of Economics and Political Science




collective identity, constitutional patriotism, communitarianism, Habermas, immigration, multiculturalism, norms


The world today is ruptured by regressing notions of collective identity, seemingly abandoning the hard-fought progress made during the last seven decades. This development hinges on people’s current inclination to relapse into pre-political identities of culture and nation. However, constitutional patriotism suggests that societies are capable of creating identificatory ties between their members without regard to culture, but through common allegiance to shared norms. In this paper, I introduce the reader to this abstractly-sounding concept, and subsequently juxtapose it with the communitarian objection that constitutional patriotism is ipso facto unable to create the ‘glue’ that holds citizens together. I highlight one example of this criticism and treat it as a stand-in for the general communitarian objection. Finally, I present some arguments countering this criticism, concluding that constitutional patriotism may be the only form of patriotism inclusive enough to cater to the fundamental needs of modern societies.

Author Biography

Lukas Schmid, London School of Economics and Political Science

Lukas Schmid, 23, from Munich (Germany) has recently started a MSc in Political Theory at the London School of Economics and Political Science after concluding a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Law at the University of Munich. He wrote his Bachelor’s thesis on the normative ethics grounding different approaches in just war theory and has published in POLITIKON before. He is also interested in Ethics, Cosmopolitanism, Liberalism, Republicanism and Global Justice.




How to Cite

Schmid, L. (2017). On Constitutional Patriotism and Its Critics. Politikon: The IAPSS Journal of Political Science, 34, 5–14. https://doi.org/10.22151/politikon.34.1



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