The People in Question

Reflections on the Relationship between Ctizenship and Constitutions

Jo Shaw

The People in Question

Jo Shaw

Distributed for Bristol University Press

336 pages | 5 x 8
Cloth $115.00 ISBN: 9781529208894 Published June 2020 For sale in North and South America only

Questions of citizenship and the role of constitutions in determining its boundaries are under scrutiny in this judicious and accessible book from Jo Shaw. With populism on the rise and debates about immigration intensifying, it draws on examples from around the world to set out the shifting boundaries of state inclusion and exclusion.

Part One ~ Setting the Scene Introduction What Is ‘Constitutional Citizenship’ and How Should We Approach It? Part Two ~ Constitutional Citizenship Unpacked Picking Out ‘The People’: Ideals and Identities in the Citizenship / Constitution Relation The Acquisition and Loss of Citizenship in a Constitutional Context Filling Out Citizenship: Citizenship Rights, Constitutional Rights and Human Rights Part Three ~ Citizenship Under Pressure: National and Global Tensions The Populist Challenge to Constitutional Citizenship: The Closing of Discursive Space Shifting Spatialities of Citizenship Conclusions
Review Quotes
Sandra Seubert, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt
"Anyone who wants to understand the ambivalent dynamics of populism and globalism and think about the future of citizenship and democracy will profit immensely from Shaw's scholarly work."
Rainer Bauböck, European University Institute, Florence

"Democratic constitutions invoke citizens as the ultimate source of political authority. Yet the link between constitutionalism and citizenship has been surprisingly neglected so far. In her magisterial treatise, Jo Shaw paints a sweeping panorama of the global landscape of “constitutional citizenship” in all its manifold and contradictory manifestations." 

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