Contradictions in Formal Commonwealth Citizenship Rights in Commonwealth Countries

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In at least 11 member states of the Modern Commonwealth, a citizen of another Commonwealth country may not enter without a visa, but may vote, and sometimes stand for office. This paper presents analyses and contextualises newly compiled data on the rights of Commonwealth citizens to stand for office, to vote, to enter without a visa and to undertake employment without a work permit in Commonwealth countries other than their own. It demonstrates how this affects the internal democratic rights of domestic jurisdictions of member states, as well as citizenship rights in other multi-state groupings. Developing a better understanding of this can form part of the wider project of producing a rounder picture of the nature of the Commonwealth and its internal citizenship rights.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)639-654
Number of pages15
JournalThe Round Table
Issue number417
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Citizenship
  • Commonwealth
  • Democracy
  • Migration
  • Noncitizenship
  • voting


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