Designing the model European-Liberal and republican concepts of citizenship in Europe in the 1860s: The Association Internationale pour le Progrès des Sciences Sociales

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Abstract

The formation of citizenship as a concept to define the rights of participation in the formation processes of modern territorial states is well known. But the transnational dimensions of defining citizenship and how to combine national legislations with enlightened universal and natural law rules in the mid-19th century is not very well known. The article aims to explore the transnational discourses on the political, economic and moral rights and duties of the citizen in the pan-European liberal Association Internationale pour le Progrès des Sciences Sociales. During the 1860s, its congresses should serve as a vast commission of enquiry and should eventually lead to a general definition of citizenship in Europe which could be implemented in national legislations. The article shows how the Association Internationale tried to deduce universal moral rules from national legislations and peculiarities by the means of moral or positive social science. In combining moral unity with national and regional diversities, the Association Internationale tried to give an elastic framework for a European civil society in which national subjects should become active citizens.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-231
Number of pages9
JournalHistory of European Ideas
Volume37
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011

Keywords

  • Association Internationale pour le Progrès des Sciences Sociales
  • Citizenship
  • Experts
  • International Congresses
  • Liberalism
  • Peace Movements
  • Republicanism
  • Social science
  • Transnational

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Philosophy

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