What does it mean to be a citizen of a democracy today? This book challenges us to re- evaluate and ultimately reorient our state- based conception of democratic citizenship in order to meaningfully account for the context in which it is lived: a globalised, deeply interconnected, and deeply unjust world.

Hobden argues for a new conception of citizenship that is state- based, but globally oriented. The book presents a new account of collective responsibility that includes responsibility for a wider range of collective outcomes.

Drawing upon this account, Hobden argues that citizens can be held collectively morally responsible for the acts of their state, both domestically and internationally.

The book explores how this conception of citizenship, with its attendant collective responsibility, can speak to citizens of today: those experiencing the costs of inequality and oppression; those living under semi- and newly democratic regimes; and those living as non- citizen residents. It encourages

an active citizenship and presents innovative channels of participation, with discussions on civic education in the media and political consumerism.

Offering a new lens on citizenship in a global context, this book will be of great interest to scholars and students of political theory, global justice, citizenship, democratic theory, and collective responsibility.

part I|54 pages

The concepts: states, citizens, and global injustice

chapter 1|11 pages


chapter 3|21 pages


A conception

part II|67 pages

Collective moral responsibility for citizens

chapter 4|21 pages

Collective moral responsibility

The collective outcome account

chapter 5|23 pages

Closing the gap

Responsible collectives

part III|39 pages

Responsibility enacted

chapter 7|16 pages

Facing up to complexity

chapter 9|5 pages