Understanding Montenegrin Citizenship
Title: Understanding Montenegrin Citizenship
Author: DZANKIC, Jelena
Citation: Jo SHAW and Igor ŠTIKS (eds), Citizenship after Yugoslavia, London, Routledge, 2012, 89-114
This paper maintains that although the citizenship regime of Montenegro was generated amidst domestic political competition, it has also been significantly affected by regional and international political forces. Applying Bellamy's (Bellamy, R., 2004) concept of the lineages of citizenship to the case of Montenegro, this study explains how citizenship polices were used to manage the fragile political milieu within this weak and unconsolidated post-Yugoslav state. Further explanations for the restrictiveness of Montenegro's citizenship regime are based on the legacies of the different Yugoslav ‘citizenship constellations’. Yet as a consequence of the country's aspirations to join the European Union, the rigid citizenship regime of Montenegro remains permeable to international norms and influence. However, this ostensible normative elasticity does not make Montenegrin citizenship more liberal, as barriers for naturalisation remain high.
The book chapter is version of the article ‘Understanding Montenegrin Citizenship: http://hdl.handle.net/1814/25474
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