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The Importance and Nature of Citizenship

CITIZENSHIP, INTERNATIONAL LIBRARY OF ESSAYS IN POLITICAL THEORY AND PUBLIC POLICY, pp. 7-25, R. Bellamy and A. Palumbo, eds., Ashgate, Forthcoming

26 Pages Posted: 10 Mar 2010 Last revised: 16 May 2010

Richard Bellamy

University College London - Department of Political Science; European University Institute

Date Written: March 8, 2010

Abstract

Types of citizenship proliferate continuously, from dual and transnational citizenship, to corporate citizenship and global citizenship. Whatever the problem - be it a decline in voting, increased teenage pregnancies or climate change - someone has canvassed the revitalization of citizenship as part of the solution. The sheer variety and range of these different uses of citizenship can be somewhat baffling. This chapter defends the continued relevance of a more traditional view of citizenship as being linked to the privileges of membership of a particular kind of political community - one in which those who enjoy a certain status are entitled to participate on an equal basis with their fellow citizens in making the collective decisions that regulate social life.

Keywords: citizenship, membership, participation, rights

Suggested Citation

Bellamy, Richard, The Importance and Nature of Citizenship (March 8, 2010). CITIZENSHIP, INTERNATIONAL LIBRARY OF ESSAYS IN POLITICAL THEORY AND PUBLIC POLICY, pp. 7-25, R. Bellamy and A. Palumbo, eds., Ashgate, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1566798

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