By Michael S. Greve, Michael Zoller
Conventional notions of citizenship are associated with the assumption of the democratic geographical region, a sovereign entity able to protecting itself opposed to international and family enemies. yet those notions became more and more complex because the very proposal of the geographical region is challenged, not just via ethnic and spiritual conflicts, but additionally via elevated international mobility and the political integration of realms into overseas organizations-most prominently, the eu Union. Will the concept that of citizenship as we all know it live to tell the tale the decline of the countryside? during this quantity, students from each side of the Atlantic reflect on how innovations of citizenship have an effect on debates over immigration and assimilation, tolerance and minority rights, and nationwide unity and civic tradition. The authors discover the idea of 'constitutional patriotism,' which seeks to set up ideas of citizenship in a center floor among cosmopolitanism and nationalism; the theoretical and useful questions of citizenship, together with the complexities surrounding the criminal prestige of citizenship within the eu Union and the U.S.; the demanding situations of constructing european citizenship 'complementary' with nationwide citizenship; and the difficulty of competing allegiances to domestic states and the ecu Union. ultimately, the authors study the centrality of rights, and the demanding situations of conflicting rights claims, in modern conceptions of citizenship. To what extent_if at all_should voters' rights and tasks swap because the countryside itself adjustments? In a globalizing, post-9/11 international, it's extra very important than ever to appreciate the way forward for citizenship and the countryside. In essays that variety from the pragmatic to the theoretical, from the old to the non-public, Citizenship in the United States and Europe sheds mild on those the most important concerns.
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One of Aristotle’s key theses is that enjoying what we now call the “equal protection of the laws” is not a sufficient condition. Citizenship also requires the right and ability to engage in important public functions. In his view two were key—judging and deliberating, or in our terms, participating as a juror in the administration of justice and as a voter in the selection of officials who make the laws and decide questions of war and peace. 9 The controversies throughout American history over voting rights and jury service attest to the continuing relevance of the Aristotelian framework.
History and psychology,” he argues, “suggest that it is unlikely to be enough to sustain a nation for long. ”2 The reason is this, says Huntington: “People are not likely to find in political principles the deep emotional content and meaning provided by kith and kin, blood and belonging, culture and nationality. ” Moreover, America’s shared Anglo-Protestant culture created the “people” that claimed its right to separate from Great Britain, assume its equal station among other nations, and ordain a new constitution for the new nation.
Pierce Butler added a third consideration: people who come to the United States from other countries bring with them “not 36 CITIZENSHIP IN AMERICA AND EUROPE only attachments to other countries, but ideas of government so distinct from ours that in every point of view they are dangerous” (236). Although there was general agreement that three years was too short a requirement for House members and that seven years would be appropriate, the proposal to require fourteen years for senators met significant resistance.
Citizenship in America and Europe: Beyond the Nation-State? by Michael S. Greve, Michael Zoller