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The need for in-depth studies into glocalism are being recognised from several quarters, as increasingly complicated problems emerge in today’s world associated with glocalisation processes.

Issue 2018, 1: Towards Global Citizenships

The process of globalization is accompanied by a reconfiguration of the ‘state-centric’ model that dominated the 19th and 20th centuries. This reconfiguration involves several different institutions directly connected to the state: among those,that of citizenship. 

In the global age, what we are living through is a deconstruction of citizenship as it has been traditionally understood. This has partly been caused by the formation of international regulatory systems and the diffusion of supra-national norms. It seems necessary, therefore, to reconfigure the institution of citizenship: opening it to democratic interactions that are both as much transnational as they are subnational.

This process is not exempt from frictions. As observed by Seyla Benhabib,an intrinsic tension between universal and particular – or, rather, between global and local – is played out in the concept of citizenship: a tension that fully invests in the very idea of cosmopolitanism. The reality in which we find ourselves living is in need of a new negotiation of these two terms: a new balancing between global and local that is not only in favour of one of the two spheres. 

In this attempt at mediation, the idea of “European citizenship” can be helpful, as is shown in Archibugi-Benli’s European Citizenship as Rights Claiming. Claiming “citizenship” and rights in a supra-national community dimension, such as the European one, can contribute to the redistribution of political power beyond the closure of national states and may foster new possibilities for European integration. In this way, is it possible to enliven a European civil society which acts within a space of supra-national dialogue where rights may be claimed not only by those formally entitled to do so – rightful “European citizens” – but also by those who are not.

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European Citizenship as Rights Claiming Abstract : European citizenship, which was once seen as the symbol of European integration, is increasingly perceived as an obstacle to self-government and a threat to national welfare. As European ruling classes fail to provide an adequate response to the tensions that arise from the wider trends of globalization, anti-political movements are gaining support. A significant part of European citizenry is aligning with parties that preach the restoration of national borders and the reinstatement of cultural identity as the source of sovereign power embodied in the nation state.
Article by Seyla Benhabib
Towards Global Political Communities and New Citizenship Regimes Abstract : Until now, attempts to identify a meeting point between the preservation of a universal political identity and maintaining national forms of belonging seem to find little application in the policies of world governments. Consequently, the idea of the individual as a citizen of the world is exposed to the risk of becoming an aspirational ideal devoid of practical and objective translations.
Article by Akeel Bilgrami
Contemporary Populisms Abstract : The rise of right-wing populism in recent years can be interpreted as a direct consequence of the crisis in the relationship between traditional parties and the civilian population. A careful reflection on this phenomenon, though, requires a more extensive and ramified explanation of its material and ideological causes. A significant role has also been played by the inability of the media and institutions to understand the needs of less well-to-do classes, driven, as they are, to search for alternatives in right-wing populism.
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