This essay critically assesses Christine Hobden’s argument in Citizenship in a Globalised World that democratic citizenship is an important vehicle for the attainment of global justice. The first section examines Hobden’s claim that cosmopolitan consequentialism justifies citizenship in separate states. I argue that for this argument to succeed, it needs to elaborate a connection between relational equality for individuals and the self-determination of political groups. The second section scrutinizes Hobden’s account of the collective culpability of a democratic citizenry for their state’s wrongful actions. I argue that it is difficult to make sense of collective culpability: we are better off focusing on the personal culpability of individuals for contributing to collective wrongs.
|Number of pages
|Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy
|Published - 2023
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Sociology and Political Science
- Collective Responsibility
- global justice