Comparative Politics Workshop: Ken Silverman, "Global Holdout or Regional Norm?" Wednesday, February 24, 11:45am-1:45pm

Comparative Politics Workshop: Ken Silverman, “Global Holdout or Regional Norm?” Wednesday, February 24, 11:45am-1:45pm

Please join the Comparative Politics Workshop virtually via Zoom on Wednesday, February 24 from 11:45am-1:45pm. Ken Silverman will be presenting his article manuscript on Restrictive Dual Citizenship Policy in Japan. The abstract is below. Support your peers and engage in a lively discussion. Unfortunately, there is no free wine (but you may provide your own). Feel free to bring a bagged lunch, as it is that time of day!
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Global Holdout or Regional Norm? An Analytical Re-framing of Japan’s Restrictive Dual Citizenship Policy by Modeling Six Influencing Conditions
Japan continues to resist the global policy convergence towards dual citizenship allowance. While analytical framings of Japan’s restrictive migration regime have been limited by narrow comparative scopes focused on Western democracies, this paper argues that the interplay of conditions undergirding Japan’s dual citizenship policymaking exhibit more similarities with other Asian migrant-receiving countries and, therefore, warrant an analytical re-framing. This approach conceptualizes how six influencing conditions—relationships between a state and its (1) history, (2) identity, (3) region, (4) diaspora, (5) migrants and (6) democracy—drive dual citizenship policy outcomes. Employing a case-oriented comparative analysis, I propose four dual citizenship typologies and corresponding theoretical models, while Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) truth table results demonstrate a significant overlap among combinations of these conditions and the “restricting dual citizenship” outcome. In Japan, prospects for dual citizenship allowance are most hindered by negative relationships with history and identity, which are characteristics shared more by Asian and less-democratic holdout countries than by Western democracies. A focus on dual citizenship intolerance in liberal democratic Japan raises important questions regarding migrant incorporation norms in Asia, where intra-regional migration has grown to rival that of Europe, despite a regional hesitancy towards recognizing migrants as potential future citizens.
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