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Republicanism and the constitution of migrant statuses

Republicanism and the constitution of migrant statuses
Republicanism and the constitution of migrant statuses
This paper addresses republican conditions of legitimacy for the constitution of the civic statuses of migrants. It identifies two legitimacy tests to which any civic status is subject, namely, that it does not make its bearers more vulnerable to the arbitrary exercise of private or public power (R1) and that the constitution of the person as bearer of this status is not itself the product of an arbitrary exercise of public power (R2). It is argued that R1 puts significant constraints on what can be legitimate migrant statuses and R2 links republicanism to cosmopolitanism in terms of a basic norm in respect of the production and allocation of civic statuses in that those who are subject to such a regime should have the effective power to ‘shape and contest’ the rules of this regime.
republicanism, migrants, civic status, cosmopolitanism, power, legitimacy
1369-8230
90-110
Owen, David
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Owen, David
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Owen, David (2014) Republicanism and the constitution of migrant statuses. [in special issue: Domination, Migration and Non-citizens] Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, 17 (1), 90-110. (doi:10.1080/13698230.2013.851485).

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Abstract

This paper addresses republican conditions of legitimacy for the constitution of the civic statuses of migrants. It identifies two legitimacy tests to which any civic status is subject, namely, that it does not make its bearers more vulnerable to the arbitrary exercise of private or public power (R1) and that the constitution of the person as bearer of this status is not itself the product of an arbitrary exercise of public power (R2). It is argued that R1 puts significant constraints on what can be legitimate migrant statuses and R2 links republicanism to cosmopolitanism in terms of a basic norm in respect of the production and allocation of civic statuses in that those who are subject to such a regime should have the effective power to ‘shape and contest’ the rules of this regime.

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Published date: 9 January 2014
Keywords: republicanism, migrants, civic status, cosmopolitanism, power, legitimacy
Organisations: Politics & International Relations

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Local EPrints ID: 374868
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/374868
ISSN: 1369-8230
PURE UUID: 93aeaa80-3bc7-4dae-9de5-3c0550220665
ORCID for David Owen: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-8865-6332

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Date deposited: 04 Mar 2015 15:05
Last modified: 23 Jul 2022 01:39

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