This book argues that European citizenship is transnational, a status that has emerged incrementally during the European integration process.
Transnational Citizenship in the European Union follows an institutionalist approach and traces the development of citizenship discourse from the founding treaties of the EU to the most recent effort of constitution-making and the Lisbon Treaty. This helps demonstrate that such discourse has followed a path based on the foundational principles of free movement and non-discrimination rather than revolutionary ideas of a postnational citizenship beyond the nation-state.
This in-depth analysis of citizenship in the EU takes into account the institutional configuration of membership, rights, identity, and participation. It also brings in the domestic level of the debate through the examination of national positions on reform proposals and the interplay between EU and member states conceptions of citizenship.
Lastly, by investigating citizenship practices, the book helps foster understanding of how the EU works as a political system, and the relationship between European institutions and the recipients of their integrative politics , i.e., the citizens.
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About the Author
Espen D. H. Olsen is a Senior Researcher at Arena, University of Oslo, Norway. His academic interests are mainly political theory and the European Union with specific focus on institution-building, constitution-making and identity, citizenship studies, citizen deliberation, and qualitative methods. His work has been published in the Jourbanal of European Public Policy.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Challenge of European CitizenshipChapter 1. From Paris and Rome to European ElectionsChapter 2. The Spinelli ProjectChapter 3. Europe of ‘No Borders' Chapter 4. The Maastricht ProcessChapter 5. Post-Maastricht Discourse on CitizenshipChapter 6. The Convention on the Future of EuropeChapter 7. Bringing the Domestic In: European Projects, National Traditions, and Citizenship in the EUConclusionsTimeline of European Integration and the Issue of CitizenshipReferences