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Europe à la carte? European citizenship and its dimensions from the perspective of national elites

Maurizio Cotta and Federico Russo

in The Europe of Elites

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199602315
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738951 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199602315.003.0002

Series: IntUne


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This chapter explores the position of national political and economic elites with regard to a series of crucial issues that help define the nature and content of European citizenship. Citizenship is viewed as a multifaceted phenomenon related to both the political identity of a community and the rights, entitlements, and duties that pertain to its citizens. The positions of national elites on European citizenship are analysed according to the dimensions of identity, representation, and scope of governance. Overall, while the political and economic elites surveyed by the IntUne project seem to back European integration, they also display rather variable combinations of positions depending on whether they are expressing their views concerning the nature of European polity, its institutional configuration, or different sets of policy goals. Rather than aligning along a simple pro-European/anti-European dimension, they seem to prefer variable ‘menus’ of European integration which probably provide the best answers to their preferences.

Keywords: European citizenship; identity federalism; scope of governance; intergovernmentalism; representation

Chapter.  11978 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: European Union ; Comparative Politics

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