Citizenship: The History of an Idea

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ECPR Press, Apr 1, 2005 - Political Science - 220 pages

Citizenship is the main axis of modern political legitimacy... But for all its evident centrality to modern politics, it would be quite wrong to assume that citizenship itself is well understood. 

"Paul Magnette's book offers an economical and illuminating guide through many of the elements which have gone into the intellectual and ideological history of modern citizenship. In doing so, he clearly surpasses any other recent analysis in any language known to me. This is a book to read closely and reflect on with the utmost care. It is our story; and to make a wiser future we must learn to understand it a great deal better. In that exacting and pressing task Paul Magnette's lucid and patient book offers nothing but help". 

John Dunn, University of Cambridge

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Eclipse and Renaissance of the Concept of Citizenship
31
Modern Citizenship Between Rights and State
62
From Theory to Politics Citizenship and Modern Revolutions
103
Citizenship and Modern Society
140
Citizenship and Diversity
167
The Alternatives of Citizenship
182
Index
195
Copyright

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About the author (2005)

Paul Magnette is professor of political science at the Université libre de Bruxelles and at the Institut d'études politiques de Paris (Sciences-po). He is the author, editor and co-editor of a dozen books, among which are Le souverain apprivoisé (2000) and What is the European Union? (2005).


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