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"'A European dilemma’: The myth and reality of citizenship in Northwestern Europe"

Gray, Victor. (1997) "'A European dilemma’: The myth and reality of citizenship in Northwestern Europe". In: UNSPECIFIED, Seattle, WA. (Unpublished)

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    The purpose of this essay is to examine the changing nature of citizenship in Northwestern Europe, specifically in Britain, France, and Germany, the three most important countries in the area; the causes and consequences of the changes; and the degree to which the changed reality corresponds to theory about citizenship in liberal democratic welfare states. It is a study of a Europe that, since World War II, has gone from homogeneity to heterogeneity--without planning or preparation; i.e., without adequate or even coherent policies with regard to immigration and naturalization. It posits two hypotheses, one growing out of this absence of a coherent, consistent policy and the other out of the increasing tenuousness of the traditional nation-state. First, essentially open borders and lack of clear-cut, equally open naturalization procedures have resulted in a large, permanently resident "foreign" population consisting of people who are not full-fledged members of the states and societies in which they find themselves. In the absence of action by the host governments, the risk arises that they may become permanently "foreign," creating, in turn, still further confusion about the role of the nation-state and the meaning, value of citizenship therein. The second hypothesis is that the strongest determinant of such governmental action is not self interest defined in economic terms, but rather the degree of identity security of host country citizens measured in sociocultural terms.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: Countries > France
    Countries > Germany
    Countries > U.K.
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > Third Pillar/JHA/PJCC/AFSJ > European citizenship
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 1997 (5th), May 29-June 1, 1997
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2006
    Page Range: p. 48
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:23

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