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The People in Question: Citizens and Constitutions in Uncertain Times

Jo Shaw


The book explores tensions in the relationship between citizenship and constitutions. It starts from the proposition that the citizen is a central figure in most if not all constitutional set-ups at the state level, and then highlights the paradox that in many constitutions matters of citizenship are not regulated in detail. The idea of the ‘constitutional citizen’ is developed and explored in Part Two, across chapters looking at the ideal of citizenship, modes of acquisition and loss of citizenship, and citizenship rights. Two themes emerge in those central chapters: the potential role of sup ... More

Keywords: citizenship, constitution, constitutional law, democracy, the people, populism, globalisation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781529208894
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781529208894.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jo Shaw, author
University of Edinburgh