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Ever closer union: devolution, the European Union and social citizenship rights<sup>1</sup>

Scott L. Greer

in Devolution and social citizenship in the UK

Published by Policy Press

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9781847420367
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302056 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847420367.003.0010
Ever closer union: devolution, the European Union and social citizenship rights1

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This chapter brings the discussion of devolution and citizenship rights together with the much more extensively researched and discussed changes brought to citizenship rights by the development of the EU. The formal citizenship of the EU is a very distinctive and anorexic creature; its power is concentrated in Marshall's civil rights, its contribution to political rights is probably negative, and what is has to offer to social citizenship rights is derivative of its focus on certain civil rights. The chapter notes that the EU is a regulatory state which cannot stay within its borders. The EU's effects on social rights come from the ‘competency creep’ that leads it to regulate the welfare states of the UK in line with the civil rights movement. To see what the EU does to social citizenship, people must first examine the effects of its policies on the ability of governments to make social rights work.

Keywords: devolution; citizenship rights; EU; civil rights; social rights

Chapter.  9596 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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