Citizenship for sale: neomedieval, not just neoliberal?

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

22 Citations (Scopus)


Opponents of commodification say that some things should not be for sale. Is citizenship one of them? Citizenship-by-investment schemes of naturalization allow investors virtually to “buy” citizenship. Revisiting objections to the older practice of selling another civic status—noble status—underscores many reasons why this trade may be regarded as problematic. The practice of selling citizenship is not only similar to that of selling honours but might also be thought wrong in analogous ways.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-195
Number of pages27
JournalArchives Europeennes de Sociologie
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • investor citizenship
  • the sale of honours
  • selling citizenship
  • commodification


Dive into the research topics of 'Citizenship for sale: neomedieval, not just neoliberal?'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this