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David Fagelson[Janoski's] ambitious attempt to fuse social, legal, and political thought will challenge people to think about the nature and scope of citizenship rights.
— Political Science Quarterly
Rights and obligations are confusing. When people really want or need something they call it a right. Can they simply attach this word to anything they want? Can people disregard obligations with impunity? This book argues that they can not. Rights and obligations are systematically related in important ways backed by the state. One must understand those relationships in specific ways to know what can or cannot be done with rights and obligations in public discourse and politics. They must create a web of interaction among citizens so that more long term social investments may be made.
1. Introduction to citizenship; 2. The framing of citizens' rights: expansion, clarification, and meaning; 3. Reconstructing obligations and patriotism: limitations, sanctions and exchange in a system of rights; 4. Citizen-selves in restricted and generalized exchange; 5. The balance of rights and obligations through nesting, civil society, and social culture; 6. Incremental change in citizenship over decades: power resources, state structures, ideology, and external forces; 7. Momentous change over centuries: from Wasps to Locomotives in the development and sequencing of rights; 8. Conclusions and implications; Bibliography.