Recent publications on citizenship laws and policies


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


By Costica Dumbrava, Palgrave Studies in Citizenship Transitions, 2014


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.


The political choices of emigrants voting in home country elections: A socio-political analysis of the electoral behaviour of Bolivian external voters


 By Jean-Michel Lafleur and María Sánchez-Domínguez, Migration Studies, July 2014 (2) 2

What variables influence the electoral behaviour of citizens voting in home country elections from abroad? Despite the growing interest of migration scholars for the topic of external voting, this question remains largely unanswered. Basing ourselves on the existing political science literature on electoral behaviour and on the migration literature on immigrants' participation in host country politics, we isolate different hypotheses that explain emigrants' preferences in home country politics. We then build four models of voters based on these hypotheses: the social group voter, the ideological voter, the interest-driven voter, and the transnational voter. In the second part of the paper, we verify the validity of these models using the results of a survey carried out with Bolivian emigrants who took part in the 2009 Bolivian presidential election from abroad. Overall, this article identifies the drivers of immigrant transnational political participation and contributes to current debates on social remittances.


Migration and Freedom: Mobility, Citizenship and Exclusion

By Brad Blitz, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2014

Migration and Freedom is a thorough and revealing exploration of the complex relationship between mobility and citizenship in the European area. Drawing upon over 170 interviews, it provides an original account of the opportunities and challenges associated with the rights to free movement and settlement in Croatia, Italy, Slovenia, Spain and Russia. It documents successful and unsuccessful settlement and establishment cases and records how both official and informal restrictions on individuals’ mobility have effectively created new categories of citizenship.






German Law Journal: EU Citizenship, 20 years on


Special Issue edited by Patricia Mindus, The German Law Journal (15) 5, 2014

The Maastricht Treaty (the “Treaty”) first introduced the status of EU citizenship. The twentieth anniversary of the signing of the Treaty, marked in 2013, was declared the European Year of the Citizen. Union citizenship has been understood as the world’s first post-national citizenship, although it is still complementary to national citizenships.EU citizens enjoy rights that have been expanded, modified, and reinterpreted in light of the EU integration process. The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has been a driving force in this process. This twentieth anniversary has provided the occasion for this special issue. Indeed, much has happened over the last two decades. The Maastricht Treaty entered into force on the heels of German reunification, and afterwards, a series of EU treaties followed: The Amsterdam Treaty, the Nice Charter of Fundamental Rights, the aborted constitutionalization process and the Rome Treaty in 2004, and the Treaty of Lisbon. The Euro took over former national currencies in 2002; the enlargement process led to today’s twenty-eight Member States. But the ratio of this special issue is based on other events as linked to the 2008 financial crisis, bailouts, the fiscal compact, and similar measures. In a nutshell, the timeliness of this volume is linked to the current financial disarray.   


Politics & Society: The Rights of Noncitizens


Politics & Society Special Issue (43) 3, September 2014