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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]


Gregor Novak

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 13 April 2021

Acquisition of citizenship — Illegal aliens — Stateless persons — Migration

General Editors: Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rüdiger Wolfrum.
Managing Editor: Ana Harvey

1 The ‘alien’ refers to a particular category of the ‘other’, one often defined in opposition to its correlative of the ‘citizen’ or ‘national’ (Bauböck (2017) 65; Shachar (2012) 1012–13; Benhabib (2004) 1; Joppke (2010) 1–33; Honig; Walzer 34; Arendt). As a concept and condition, the alien complicates key questions of constitutional law and theory. It reveals the tension between constitutionalism’s ‘moral and political universalism, as anchored in universal human rights, and the particularistic and exclusionary conceptions of democratic closure’ (Benhabib (2004)...
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