The Democratic Roots of Expatriations

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Patti Tamara Lenard assesses the justifications given for the right to revoke citizenship in democratic states and concludes that this practice is inconsistent with a commitment to democratic equality. She provides three normative reasons for the mismatch between democratic principles and revocation laws: that the practice of revocation discriminates between different citizens within each state; that it provides differential penalties for the same crime; and that it does not provide transparent justification or due process for this harsh punishment. Although I too am repulsed by this practice, I do not think it is necessarily undemocratic. Moreover, such analysis overlooks one legitimate motivation behind expatriation: the aim to regulate national allegiance. The new revocation initiatives act as a powerful symbolic tool in reinforcing a world order based on sovereign nation-states.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)261-264
Number of pages4
JournalEthics and International Affairs
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Political Science and International Relations


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