The legal aspect of citizenship identity in Greece and USA

Issue 20-21

“The legal aspect of citizenship identity in Greece and USA.”

Loucas Petronicolos

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Abstract

This paper critically examines the role of constitutional doctrine in the formation of different aims and policies for citizenship education in Greece and the United States of America. First, the philosophical and ideological underpinnings of the liberal conception “citizen” are outlined. Next, the different conceptualizations, which emerge from reading the constitutional texts, are examined. It is concluded that the different conceptions of the citizen have historically contributed to the formation of different aims for citizenship education in each country. Based on this conclusion and given the erosion of the welfare state in recent years, the paper closes with a call to redefine the philosophical and ideological principles that underlie the education of democratic citizens in contemporary liberal pluralistic societies.