Citizenry, Civic Education and Rule of Law

  • Jose Pablo Abreu SacramentoEmail author


This chapter argues that living under the rule of law requires not only efficient and effective government agencies but also the extensive and responsible cooperation of ordinary people. This argument relies on a thick perspective of the rule of law (see Chaps.  2 and  4), implying a democratic life where people can exercise their human rights, among other things. Moreover, based on a reviewed version of the Principle of Fairness, the author maintains that individuals have to actively participate in public affairs and cooperate in community life as a moral implication of living together under the rule of law. And, in order to meet this goal, he contends that it is necessary to strengthen a public policy of civic education. Finally, the author argues in favor of that public policy because it helps to develop the virtue of reciprocity, a quality that is conducive to human flourishing and living together, taking into account that our social nature coexists with a liberal self-centred culture nowadays.


Rule of law Civic education Citizenry Moral obligation Principle of fairness Reciprocity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of LawTecnológico de MonterreyMexico CityMexico

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