Citizenship for Real: Its Hypocrisy, Its Randomness, Its Price
In Rainer Bauböck (ed.), Debating Transformations of National Citizenship (Springer Verlag, 2018), pp. 51–56
Should Citizenship be for Sale?, European University Institute Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies Working Paper No. 2014/1, pp. 27-32. (A. Shachar and R. Bauböck (eds.)), 2014, 27
7 Pages Posted: 26 Jan 2014 Last revised: 14 May 2019
Date Written: January 25, 2014
This tiny note argues that lawyers and political scientists opposed to the idea of selling citizenship will not have any argument to support their position, should rich misleading assumptions and selfless rhetorical pirouettes – priceless in fiction writing – useless in legal studies – be removed from their often passionate advocacy. I review the usual rotations lending such pirouettes appeal: of the intrinsic value of citizenship, of equality and non-discrimination, of the arch-importance of the citizenship’s political components and, finally, of EU law concerns. I come to dismiss them all.
Keywords: Citizenship, EU, seeling citizenship, equality, democracy, capitalism, price
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