The Importance and Nature of Citizenship
University College London - Department of Political Science; European University Institute
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
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.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 26
Keywords: citizenship, membership, participation, rights
Date posted: March 10, 2010 ; Last revised: May 16, 2010