Frontiers of Equality in the development of EU and US citizenship
2 September 2015
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Faculty of Law (FdR)
Amsterdam Center for European Law and Governance (ACELG)
If we wish to understand the development of the citizenship of the European Union and its relationship to the nationalities
of the member states, it is helpful to examine the history of United States citizenship and, in particular, to elaborate a
theory of "duplex" citizenships found in federal orders. In such a citizenship, each person’s citizenship is necessarily "layered"
with the citizenship or nationality of a (member) state, a legal status which can resemble subjecthood to a monarch in its
exclusive claim to the holder’s allegiance. The research question of this doctoral dissertation in European constitutional
law is: how can a duplex citizenship be seen and be understood to affect the exclusiveness of a singular citizenship, nationality
or subjecthood? The thesis is that it can be understood by considering different aspects of and claims to equality inherent
in citizenship, which affect the exclusivity of the claim of allegiance as found in subjecthood. Even if the substance of
this study is mostly (constitutional) law, its method is historical (largely following a chronological line of development,
in fact) and comparative. It is not doctrinal, nor normative.
Research conducted at: Universiteit van Amsterdam
Thesis (Embargo until 02 September 2017)
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