Civic Republicanism, Citizenship and Education

Geoffrey Hinchliffe

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This chapter provides a brief introduction to civic republicanism, providing a historical overview, focussing on authors who have worked on modern republicanism in the last thirty years. It shows why liberty is the cornerstone of republican theory and discusses two types of liberty – liberty as non-domination and participative liberty. Following on from this it sets out the differences between instrumentalist republicanism and intrinsic republicanism. Further issues are also discussed, including the nature of sovereignty and the relation between a republican polity and the nation state. In the final section the implications for civic education are considered. In a discussion of civic education in England as an illustrative case it is suggested that there is a communitarian bias, although the programme of civic education in the national curriculum also has features that are welcome to civic republicans. Finally, it is proposed that central to civic education, from a republican perspective, is the need for a clear narrative of liberty which has both a historical and a contemporary dimension.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of Citizenship and Education
EditorsProfessor Andrew Petersen, Dr Garth Stahl, Dr Hannah Soong
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jun 2018

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