The Transformation of Citizenship addresses the basic question of how we can make sense of citizenship in the twenty-first century. These volumes make a strong plea for a reorientation of the sociology of citizenship and address serious threats of an ongoing erosion of citizenship rights. Arguing from different scientific perspectives, rather than offering new conceptions of citizenship as supposedly more adequate models of rights, membership and belonging, they deal with both the ways citizenship is transformed and the ways it operates in the face of fundamentally transformed conditions.

This volume Political Economy discusses manifold consequences of a decades-long enforcement of neo-liberalism for the rights of citizens. As neo-liberalism not only means a new form of economic system, it has to be conceived of as an entirely new form of global, regional and national governance that radically transforms economic, political and social relations in society. Its consequences for citizenship as a social institution are no less than dramatic. Against the background of both manifest and ideological processes the book looks at if citizenship has lost the basis it has rested upon for decades, or if the institution itself is in a process of being fundamentally transformed and restructured, thereby changing its meaning and the significance of citizens’ rights. This book will appeal to academics working in the field of political theory, political sociology and European studies.

chapter 1|12 pages


A political economy of citizenship

chapter 3|15 pages

Lawyers, economists and citizens

The impact of neo-liberal European governance on citizenship

chapter 5|21 pages

Varieties of austerity capitalism and the rise of secured market citizenship

The neo-liberal quest against social citizenship

chapter 6|23 pages

How grandpa became a welfare queen

Social insurance, the economisation of citizenship and a new political economy of moral worth

chapter 7|19 pages

Why we need a new political economy of citizenship

Neo-liberalism, the bank crisis and the ‘Panama Papers’

chapter 9|14 pages

The social bond of consumer citizens

Exploring consumer democracy with actor-network-pragmatism

chapter 10|16 pages

Citizenship in poor French neighbourhoods

From civil rights movement to transnational Islamist terrorism