Ethnic Citizenship Regimes: Europeanization, Post-war by Aleksandra Maatsch (auth.)

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First, is Europeanization of citizenship possible only as a result of vertical top-down processes? Second, are horizontal Europeanization processes possible even if the ECJ does not show more activism in the area of national citizenship? A case study by Lavanex (2007) shows that indirect Europeanization can often come into play. This can occur in policy-areas where the EU acquis consists of a small number of binding policy instruments. Lavanex established, by analysing asylum policy, that the vaguely defined common rules on asylum have not prevented the EU member states from exchanging information and working in a horizontal perspective with the aim of developing a common approach towards the issue.

In these respects sociological institutionalism contradicts the rational choice theory, because it assumes that norms and identities constituting interests are embedded in culture and not, as rational choice scholars argue, exogenous to culture. Cultural institutionalism has been criticized for being unable to provide parsimonious findings that could be generalized over a larger number of cases. Furthermore, like other approaches within institutionalism, it has also been accused of determinism; cultural in that case.

For that reason national citizenship was granted only to persons born in the Baltic States, as well as their offspring, before the annexation to the Soviet Union. 6 Similarly, in all the other groups a specific type of statehood formation was also reflected in the national citizenship legislation. Comparative Citizenship Research 27 As this sub-chapter demonstrates, citizenship research embedded in the historical institutionalist tradition contributed very extensively to the field. The selection of explanatory variables within that approach is quite broad; however, all of the explanatory factors traditionally point towards some sort of institutional ‘path-dependency’.

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