Tuesday, Oct. 31, 5PM, Prof. Kristin Surak at Money, Markets and Governance Workshop: Jus Pecuniae and the Crystallization of Citizenship by Investment

Please join us for our next meeting on the Money, Markets, and Governance Workshop on Tuesday, October 31, at 5 – 6:30 PM, in the Social Science Research Building, room 401.

Kristin Surak

Associate Professor, SOAS, University of London

Jus Pecuniae and the Crystallization of Citizenship by Investment

Discussant: Yuna Blajer de la Garza
PhD Student, Political Science, The University of Chicago

Abstract: What explains the rapid rise of citizenship by investment programs and what are the implications for citizenship more broadly? Moving beyond the existing scholarship on the sale of  citizenship – largely theoretical and normative – this article draws on two years of fieldwork to specify the distinct properties of citizenship as a commodity and identify the internal and external determinants of its value. The analysis situates formal citizenship by investment programs within a broader field encompassing immigrant investor visas and discretionary economic citizenship. It reveals how this field conditioned the development and spread of formal programs, and the roles of geopolitical inequalities, industry actors, and extra-territorial rights in this change. The conclusion shows how trends in jus pecuniae are indicative of transformations in citizenship in three domains: inequality, third-party actors, and territoriality.

For accessibility issues or other concerns please contact the workshop coordinator: yanivr {at} uchicago {dot} edu

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