European citizenship and European identity

Michael Lister

in Citizenship in Contemporary Europe

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780748633418
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671977 | DOI:
European citizenship and European identity

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In this chapter we will reflect on how the ongoing process of European integration affects citizenship. There are at least two ways we can think about this. The first is to assess the effects that European Integration has upon citizenship at the state level. In some ways, we have thought about this as we analysed changes to migration, the welfare state, and political participation. A second way we can think about it is by reflecting on a burgeoning European, post-national citizenship. Formally, citizens of the individual EU member states are also citizens of the European Union. This chapter examines what form EU citizenship takes, and how this interacts with existing (and for the EU treaties, dominant) national citizenship. For classical conceptions of citizenship, this relationship is much more problematic than for postnational, cosmopolitan theories.

Keywords: European Integration; European Citizenship; EU Citizenship; Post-national Citizenship

Chapter.  11451 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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