Szabolcs Pogonyi: Citizenship Regimes in Europe: Norms and Practices 2013 - 2014 Fall
(PogoCit)

Recent years have seen an explosion of empirical and normative scholarly interest in citizenship across many disciplines. The primary aim of this course is to provide an overview of the main topical issues and scholarly perspectives related to citizenship in the European context. The course will examine how the different normative theories of citizenship address the challenges raised by European integration, migration, state succession and external minority protection. A special emphasis will be given to the analysis of current trends in citizenship legislation. We will approach contemporary citizenship debates focusing on the different citizenship regimes in Europe. The course will offer a comparative normative overview and institutional assessment of citizenship constellations and patterns in the European Union with a special emphasis on naturalization policies and quasi-citizenship practices.

After a general introductory session on the emergence of citizenship rights, we will overview the main normative citizenship regime types, the contemporary debates on the future of bounded citizenship, and discuss theories related to transnational citizenship. We will then turn to the methodological dilemmas related to the study of nationalism and will investigate how normative theories can be tested by institutional analysis. After the methodological introduction and the overview of the EUDO Citizenship database, we will explore the meaning of European Union Citizenship through relevant case law. The following classes will focus on the overview of naturalization policies in the EU-15, then in the EU-12 countries. We will analyze current citizenship trends and practices in the European Union with a special emphasis on ethnic selectivity policies in the old and the new EU member states. A special session will be reserved for the in-depth study of citizenship legislation in the Post-Soviet and the Post-Yugoslav regions. In the last sessions, we will look into two contemporary debates and investigate the normative and institutional dilemmas of denizenship and citizenship tests. As a sequel to the topics explored in these last classes, a separate elective course in the winter semester will explore contemporary issues in diaspora politics and trans-sovereign nation-building.