Is Multinational Citizenship Possible?

"Is Multinational Citizenship Possible?," Social Research, v41 n4 (Winter 1974): 638-656.


I have to admit that I found is a little difficult to understand the question which was put to me and which serves as the title for this essay. How could a citizen that possibly belonged to several political entities at once? Even the big companies called “multinationals” reflect the nationalities of the countries where their home offices are located. Surely, as well, one cannot claim the rights of citizenship without accepting its duties, such as military service.

After much thought I continue to believe that my initial reaction—that the idea of multinational citizenship is a contradiction in terms—was correct. Yet I admit that the question can arise: the various rights of citizenship are not all of a piece, and do not all relate to the state in the same way.