PPA seminar: Losing citizenship: a non-domination perspective

PPA seminar: Losing citizenship: a non-domination perspective

Department of Politics and Public Administration Seminar. in Conjunction with the Social Justice and Public Ethics Research Cluster 
 
Losing citizenship: a non-domination perspective  
Iseult Honohan (University College Dublin)
 
Abstract
Comparative and normative studies of citizenship laws have focused more on how citizenship is acquired than on the ways in which it can be lost. While citizenship tends to be sticky, so that loss is not symmetrical with acquisition, all European countries except Poland have provisions for involuntary withdrawal of citizenship under certain conditions. As in EUDO Citizenship research, these provisions can be grouped under the headings of disloyalty, loss of ties to the country, loss of relationship to a citizen, and noncompliance - including fraud - in acquiring citizenship.  In recent years some of these provisions have become more controversial in the context of counter-terrorism policies and the impact of loss of national citizenship on EU citizenship. While there are clear, if opposed, intuitions on these matters, normative discussions have been slow to come up with any comprehensive accounts of the nature and extent of the harm involved in loss of citizenship, and when and why it may be legitimate for states to withdraw it.  I consider some approaches already advanced, and examine the practice from the perspective of freedom as non-domination. I suggest that this perspective offers a clearer account of the harm of citizenship loss than other recent alternatives, and one that implies strong constraints on the powers of states in this area.  
 
3PM Wednesday November 9th
Room F1030. 
                
All welcome!