Nationality, Citizenship and Ethno-National Belonging: Preferential Membership Policies in Europe

C. Dumbrava

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This book investigates the legal rules of acquisition and loss of citizenship in Europe. Challenging mainstream arguments about the de-ethnicization of citizenship in Europe, Dumbrava identifies and analyses citizenship regulations that differentiate people on ethno-cultural grounds. Providing a unique comparative analysis of citizenship laws in thirty eight European countries, this book assesses major justifications for ethno-cultural rules of citizenship. From general legal and normative principles to more specific and contextual justifications, Dumbrava builds a normative framework for analyzing membership of a liberal democratic state. By disentangling the unitary model of national citizenship that bundles together legal, political, and identity memberships, Citizenship, Nationality and Ethno-Cultural Membership aims to reconcile competing principles of membership and define a more robust set of citizenship regulations.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationUK
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages208
ISBN (Print)9781137382078
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014

Publication series

SeriesPalgrave Studies in Citizenship Transitions

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