Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Trim: 6 x 9
978-0-7425-6265-3 • Hardback • August 2009 • $105.00 • (£81.00)
978-1-4422-0004-3 • eBook • August 2009 • $99.50 • (£77.00)
Stanley A. Renshon is professor of political science at the City University of New York Graduate Center. He is the author of over ninety articles and fourteen books and is a certified psychoanalyst.
Most Americans today take it for granted that immigrants should be required to reside in the U.S. for several years and to learn English and the basics of American history before they are allowed the right to vote. But this traditional understanding has recently been challenged by immigrant advocates, and a few communities have abandoned citizenship requirements in certain elections. In this brief, lucid, and lively book, Stanley Renshon provides a powerful critique of these radical proposals, and enriches our understanding of what American citizenship is (and should continue to be) all about.
— Stephan Thernstrom, Harvard University
Most Americans would be surprised to learn that there's a case for allowing non-citizens to vote. Political scientist and psychologist Stanley Renshon takes that case seriously and shows that it has disturbing implications for the definition of what it means to be an American.
— Michael Barone, American Enterprise Institute and The Washington Examiner