The People in Question
Citizens and Constitutions in Uncertain Times

3: Picking out the People: Ideals and Identities in the Citizenship/Constitution Relation


This chapter explores constitutional fundamentals such as constituent power, sovereignty and constitutional identity, and then examine how ideas such as equality and dignity can shape the constitution’s engagement with citizenship. The aim is to assess the constitutional ideal of citizenship, under which heading we can explore the proposition that the ideal-type of a citizenry is comprised of free, equal and sovereign citizens, underpinned by a notion of dignity.

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