The paper proposes an assessment of citizenship rules in European Union countries. First, it designs an analytical framework in order to evaluate the rules of political membership from a liberal-democratic perspective. Second, it develops a systematic comparative study of the citizenship rules of the 27 member states of the EU. I argue that a liberal-democratic conception of membership requires certain degrees of inclusiveness as well as exclusiveness. Moreover, liberal-democratic membership can be compatible with both major ideological views on membership –ethno-cultural and civic-territorial. It is not the ethnic or civic ideological conception of the polity that renders the rules of membership illiberal, but their unjustified scope.
Enthält Rezensionen von:‡‡Dumbrava, C.: Nationality, citizenship and ethno-cultural belonging : preferential membership policies in Europe. - UK : Palgrave Macmillan, 2014‡‡Hirsch Ballin, E.: Citizens' rights and the right to be a citizen. - The Netherlands : Brill Nijhoff, 2014‡‡Krūma, K.: EU citizenship, nationality and migrant status : an ongoing challenge. - The Netherlands : Brill Nijhoff, 2014