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EU Environmental Solidarity and the Ecological Consumer: Towards a Republican Citizenship

Chris Hilson

in Promoting Solidarity in the European Union

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780199583188
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191594502 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583188.003.0007
EU Environmental Solidarity and the Ecological Consumer: Towards a Republican Citizenship

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This chapter explores environmental solidarity, arguing for a set of solidarity duties that are potentially global in nature and not owed only to those within, for example, one's own state. The first part of the chapter considers some examples of solidarity at work within existing EU environmental and natural resources law and policy. The second part starts by drawing some contrasts between the ‘mainstream’ EU solidarity case law, and solidarity in the context of the ecological citizen consumer. It argues for a republican model of ecological citizenship, at the heart of which lie broader solidarity duties of the latter type above, which are to be exercised in the private sphere of the market.

Keywords: EU; environmental solidarity; European citizenship; ecological citizen

Chapter.  7882 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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