Moving Beyond Barriers


Moving Beyond Barriers

Prospects for EU Citizenship

9781788113632 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Sandra Seubert, Department of Political Science, Goethe-University, Frankfurt, Germany, Marcel Hoogenboom, Trudie Knijn, Emeritus Professor, Sybe de Vries, Utrecht University and the late Frans van Waarden, formerly Utrecht University, the Netherlands
Publication Date: 2018 ISBN: 978 1 78811 363 2 Extent: 352 pp
This book identifies, analyses and compares a variety of possible ‘barriers’ to the exercise of European citizenship and discusses ways to move beyond these barriers. It contributes in a multi-disciplinary way to a highly topical issue and offers new perspectives on EU citizenship in the sense that it critically analyses concepts of citizenship, the way EU citizenship is politically, legally and socially institutionalized, and elaborates alternatives to the current paths of realizing EU citizenship.

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The concept of supranational European citizenship has become one of the core concepts of the EU’s unique polity. It has, however, been one of the most difficult to actualise. This book examines the challenges of, and barriers to, exercising full citizenship rights for European citizens and considers how they might best be overcome.

Drawing on cutting-edge research from interdisciplinary areas of study, this book examines the key issues surrounding EU citizenship. Reflecting on the diversity of European societies, it identifies, analyses and compares the many barriers that citizens face to fully exercising their rights. With chapters examining key issues from migration to democratic governance and social rights, Moving Beyond Barriers critically analyses concepts of citizenship and the way that EU citizenship is politically, legally, economically and socially institutionalised, and elaborates alternatives to the current paths of realising EU citizenship.

Citizenship issues feature prominently in the European policy-making agenda and the insights offered by this book will be of benefit to those with an interest in EU law, social and public policy and administration. Policy-makers and practitioners will also benefit from the reflections on citizenship and the practical guidance on how to move beyond current issues regarding EU citizenship.
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‘Moving Beyond Barriers is very interesting and enjoyable reading for scholars from a multitude of disciplines as well as all those interested in the issue of Union citizenship. The book is well structured and the chapters speak well together. They complement existing scholarship and provide new insights.’
– Catherine Jacqueson, Common Market Law Review

‘The bEUcitizen project has made an important contribution to the field of EU citizenship studies. This wide-ranging book provides a taste of the different insights that the project has offered us about the different types of barriers to exercising European citizenship. Put together by an interdisciplinary and international team, the book is full of insights and should be widely consulted by scholars in the field.’
– Jo Shaw, Salvesen Chair of European Institutions, University of Edinburgh, UK
Contributors: B. Anderson, W. Bakker, V. Baričević, F. Cheneval, S. de Vries, D. di Micco, O. Eberl, M. Ferrín, M.-P. Granger, M. Hoogenboom, E. Ioriatti, T. Knijn, N. Kosti, D. Levi-Faur, M. Naldini, M. Prak, E. Pulice, M. Seeleib-Kaiser, S. Seubert, I. Shutes, M. van der Kolk, F. van Waarden, S. Walker, P. Wallis


1. Introduction: Being a citizen in Europe
Frans van Waarden and Sandra Seubert

2. Boundaries and promises: conflicts of democratic citizenship and its prospects in the European Union
Sandra Seubert and Oliver Eberl

3. Rivalling and clashing citizenship rights within the EU: Problems with the multi-dimensionality of rights
Sybe de Vries and Frans van Waarden

4. Troublesome transitions and historical continuities: Citizenship in Europe, 1600-2000
Maarten Prak, Marcel Hoogenboom and Patrick Wallis

5. Accommodating Rivalling Claims of Citizenship
Mónica Ferrín and Francis Cheneval

6. The social embeddedness of citizenship: Rights, communities and polities
Marcel Hoogenboom and Trudie Knijn

7. Economic rights of EU citizens within a multi-level context
Sybe de Vries and Elisabetta Pulice

8. Citizenship, Europe and Social Rights
Martin Seeleib-Kaiser

9. The protection of civil rights and liberties and the transformation of Union citizenship
Marie-Pierre Granger

10. The Right to Participate: Empowerment via Participation in the EU
Nir Kosti and David Levi-Faur

11. Gender and Generational Interdependences and Divisions among EU citizens
Trudie Knijn and Manuela Naldini

12. Insider/outsider: categorical rivalries?
Bridget Anderson, Vedrana Baričević, Isabel Shutes and Sarah Walker

13. Linguistic diversity and barriers to EU citizens’ rights
Elena Ioriatti and Domenico di Micco

14. The Futures of EU Citizenship: Consequences of Different Scenarios
Wieger Bakker and Marlot van der Kolk

15. Conclusions
Trudie Knijn, Marcel Hoogenboom, Sandra Seubert and Sybe de Vries

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