Old Nations, New Voters: Nationalism, Transnationalism, and Democracy in the Era of Global Migration

Title

Old Nations, New Voters: Nationalism, Transnationalism, and Democracy in the Era of Global Migration

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Description

In this groundbreaking study, David C. Earnest analyzes why democracies give noncitizens the right to vote. Bringing together theoretical debates in international relations and comparative politics about globalization, sovereignty, nationalism, citizenship, and state building, he examines how twenty-five democracies are coping with growing populations of immigrants who increasingly demand political rights. Earnest employs statistical analyses, along with case studies, to uncover surprising facts that national courts are not necessarily progressive and that the left-right differences of political parties disguise intriguing coalitions that may either welcome or marginalize immigrants. The author concludes that rather than undermining the rights of citizens, the enfranchisement of noncitizens reflects shared national myths. In this respect, when faced with growing migration, old nations welcome new voters in ways that reinforce the bond between the nation and state." [From Amazon.com]

ISBN

9780791476130

Publication Date

2008

Publisher

State University of New York Press

City

Albany, NY

Keywords

Democracy, Immigrants, Migration, Natiionalism, Suffrage, Political activity, Resident alians, Transnationalism, Voting rights

Disciplines

Comparative Politics | International Relations | Law and Politics | Political Theory