The Evolution of European Union citizenship

Kostakopoulou, Dora (2008) The Evolution of European Union citizenship. European Political Science, 7, 285-295. (doi:10.1057/eps.2008.24).


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In the 1990s most scholars saw European citizenship as a purely decorative and symbolic institution which added little new to the ‘pre-Maastricht’ regime of free movement rights. In addition, many felt the need to defend the primacy of national citizenship by highlighting the derivative nature and weak content of European citizenship. Accordingly, its transformative potential remained at the margins of the debate. Despite such assessments, European Union citizenship has matured as an institution, owing to a number of important interventions by the European Court of Justice and legislative initiatives, such as the Citizenship Directive (Dir 2004/38).

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1057/eps.2008.24
Additional Information: Symposium
ISSNs: 1680-4333 (print)
Keywords: european citizenship, postnationalism, european Court of justice, free movement rights
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions : Faculty of Business and Law > Southampton Law School
ePrint ID: 200325
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Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2011 16:07
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:45

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