Environmental obligations and the limits of transnational citizenship

Mason, Andrew (2009) Environmental obligations and the limits of transnational citizenship. Political Studies, 57, (2), 280-297. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-9248.2008.00737.x).


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Notions of cosmopolitan and environmental citizenship have emerged in response to concerns about environmental sustainability and global inequality. But even if there are obligations of egalitarian justice that extend across state boundaries, or obligations of environmental justice to use resources in a sustainable way that are owed to those beyond our borders, it is far from clear that these are best conceptualised as obligations of global or environmental citizenship. Through identifying a core concept of citizenship, I suggest that citizenship obligations are, by their nature, owed (at least in part) in virtue of other aspects of one's common citizenship, and that obligations of justice, even when they arise as a result of interconnectedness or past interactions, are not best conceived as obligations of citizenship in the absence of some other bond that unites the parties. Without ruling out the possibility of beneficial conceptual change, I argue that Andrew Dobson's model of ecological citizenship is flawed because there is no good reason to regard the obligations of environmental justice which it identifies as obligations of ecological citizenship, and that other models of cosmopolitan or global citizenship face a similar objection

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1111/j.1467-9248.2008.00737.x
ISSNs: 0032-3217 (print)
1467-9248 (electronic)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Politics and International Relations
Faculty of Social and Human Sciences
ePrint ID: 80233
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
June 2009Published
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2010
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:16
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/80233

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