Comparative European Politics

, Volume 11, Issue 5, pp 551–554 | Cite as

The use and misuse of policy indices in the domain of citizenship and integration

  • Marc HelblingEmail author
  • Maarten Peter Vink

This special issue aims at discussing recent developments in the citizenship and integration literature especially regarding policy indices and the way policies are conceptualized and measured: How do we operationalize citizenship regimes? How do we measure and compare integration policies? Does it matter which and how many aspects are included in an index? How effective are policy outputs and do they lead to the intended outcomes? Once we know how to measure citizenship and integration policies we are also in a position to establish typologies and configurations of citizenship regimes. However, what are the assumptions underlying such typologies? Can we actually compare citizenship and integration policies across countries and across time?

This discussion on the methodology of comparing citizenship and integration policies builds on a more longstanding debate that has, especially since Brubaker’s (1992)seminal study on France and Germany, particularly focused on questions related to...



This special issue builds on debates that have been conducted online on the EUDO Citizenship forum (Bauböck and Helbling, 2011) and in panels at the International Conference of Europeanists in Barcelona (June 2011), the ECPR General Conference in Reykjavik (August 2011) and the Conference of the European Sociological Association in Geneva (September 2011). We thank all the participants for their contributions to these debates. In addition, we thank Martin Schain and Leah Ramirez of CEP for their editorial guidance, and all reviewers involved in this special issue for helping to improve the quality of the individual contributions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Social Science Research Center (WZB)Germany
  2. 2.Maastricht UniversityThe Netherlands
  3. 3.European University InstituteFlorenceItaly

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