Call for Papers for IMISCOE's Spring Workshop: Citizenship from Paper to Practice - Perspectives on the Implementation Gap

Deadline: 10 December, 2021

The gap between citizenship law and policy practice has long been identified: from outright dissonance between legal norms and arbitrary practices to “milder” forms of deviation, as in the spaces opened for interpretation and discretion of the street-level bureaucrats. Moreover, as the field has expanded geographically to non-democratic or less affluent states, there are reasons to believe that the challenges are bigger than we had thought. Yet, the conceptualization of the implementation gap and its many nuances along the continuum is still weak.

We invite original contributions inspired by any of the following questions:

1. What is an implementation gap? What are the normative issues related to it (e.g., is it inherently bad for a polity?)
2. How do we theorize the line between discretion and arbitrariness, and does this theorization travel well across polities with different political structures?
3. What are the challenges to observing and comparing the implementation of citizenship policies across countries? What are the existing measures of implementation, what are their limitations, and how could they be improved?
4. Who implements citizenship policy? Are implementation agencies comparable across countries and levels of government, and how do they impact the width of the implementation gap?
5. What are the lessons from the work on street-level bureaucracies for the study of implementation gaps and which research methods can help us to scale up the observations and compare across countries?

With this workshop (19-20 May 2022), MIGCITPOL aims to produce an original publication, either in the form of a Special Issue or edited volume. By sending an abstract the applicants commit to present original work at the Workshop and reserve it as unpublished work for the aimed publication. The Workshop will allow for intense discussions on all papers, therefore constituting an authors’ workshop.

Deadline for abstracts: 10 December 2021


 Call for Papers for IMISCOE's Spring Workshop: Citizenship from Paper to Practice - Perspectives on the Implementation Gap

Latest News

Anna-Lisa Müller

Reflexivities PhD Sessions Vol. II (Autumn/Winter 2022)

After a great first round of PhD Peer Feedback Sessions on Reflexivities in Migration Studies during the spring semester, we are now launching a second call to continue the sessions into the winter semester! The sessions are organized by PhD members of...
The Migration Podcast

New Episode: On Climate Change and Migration

After our summer break, a new episode is out! Patrick Sakdapolrak spoke to Milena Belloni about his research on migration as a climate change adaptation strategy.

read more

Elsa Mescoli

Call for book chapters: Heritage and Mobility in a Multisensory Perspective

Deadline 31.10.2022
The book focuses on Heritage and Mobility in a Multisensory Perspective and the ambition is to bridge the gap between cultural heritage and mobility nexus analysing it through the lens of a multisensory approach. Additional information is available pdf...
IMISCOE Network Office

Job offer: Research Associate - University of Sheffield

15 September 2022
Are you interested in working for a world top 100 University? The Department of Sociological Studies is committed to understanding society and social change, and to research and teaching that improves people's lives, especially those of the most...
Thais França

IMISCOE SC EduSocial On-line Writing Retreat

13 September 2022
13 October 2022, 10.30am-14.00pm (CET) Writing together to beat the ‘PhD blues’! Why a writing retreat? Inspired by many uplifting writing retreat initiatives that have been taking place lately, like the SC GenSe’s one, our standing committee is pleased...