Educating a plural demos

Issue 20-21

“Educating a plural demos”

Dimitris N. Chryssochoou



This article looks at the relationship between education and democracy and, drawing from republican political theory, examines the civic potential of the first pan-European citizenship education programme which aims to encourage the young to participate in democratic life at both societal and school levels. It also revisits the dynamics of European party political evolution and the opportunities it offers for civic engagement. All the above can contribute to the making of a civitas Europaea composed of multiple democratic publics conscious of their collective civic identity.