Bringing political theory together with debates in international relations and in citizenship studies, the author argues that citizenship should no longer be understood as a status of privilege and belonging. Instead, it is an institutional role, through which persons might exercise their political agency - their capacities to shape the contexts of their lives and promote the freedom and well-being of themselves and others. In advancing this conception of citizenship, Dobson draws on and develops ideas found in the work of the philosopher Alan Gewirth.
Supranational citizenship will be principally of interest to researchers in the fields of European integration, international normative theory, political and moral philosophy, and citizenship.
About the Author
Lynn Dobson lectures in Political Theory and EU/International Politics at the University of Edinburgh
Table of Contents
1. Citizenship, part I: membership, privilege, and place
2. Citizenship, part II: status, identity, and role
3. Citizenship of the European Union
4. Gewirth: action and agency
5. Political agency
6. Nexus, framework: constituting authority
7. Agency, authorisation and representation in the EU
8. Gewirth: community, rights, values
9. Mutual recognition in the supranational polity
10. The good supranational constitution