Stripping Citizenship: Does Membership Have Its (Moral) Privileges?

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Citation: Sahar Akhtar (2016/11/06) Stripping Citizenship: Does Membership Have Its (Moral) Privileges?. Australasian Journal of Philosophy (RSS)
DOI (original publisher): 10.1080/00048402.2016.1238496
Semantic Scholar (metadata): 10.1080/00048402.2016.1238496
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Discusses potential reasons for states to legitimately strip citizenship from non-criminals and objections:

  • Stripping citizenship of certain groups may allow remaining citizens to coordinate better; just as denying citizenship to certain groups may protect ability of citizens to coordinate
  • Those stripped of citizenship could be made worse off
  • The legitimate expectations of those stripped could be violated
  • The contributions of those stripped would be unfairly taken
  • Those stripped would be disrespected as fellow members

Argues stripping citizenship not fundamentally different from other changes in state policy or expulsion from non-state communities; only fair compensation is required, as in divorce.

Theoretical and Practical Relevance

Seems to want to argue that if denying citizenship to non-citizens is legitimate, so is stripping citizenship, therefore we should reject legitimacy of denying citizenship. But no such argument seems to be made.