The Politics of Citizenship


Wednesday, February 3, 2010, 4:10pm to 5:30pm


Pop Center, 9 Bow Street, 1st Floor Conference Room

Marc Howard, Georgetown University

About the Seminar
In this seminar, Marc Howard addressed immigrant integration, one of the most critical challenges facing European countries today, the resolution of which will in large part depend on how foreigners can become citizens. Howard’s research shows that despite remarkable convergence in their economic, judicial, and social policies, the countries of the European Union still maintain very different definitions of citizenship. Howard’s argument focused on the politics of citizenship, showing in particular how anti-immigrant public opinion – when activated politically, usually by far right movements or public referenda – can block the liberalizing tendencies of political elites.

About Marc Howard
Marc Howard is an associate professor of government at Georgetown University.

Democracy Seminar Series
The Democracy Seminar Series brings distinguished speakers to Harvard Kennedy School for the academic year address critical challenges facing democratic governance.