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A means to an end or an end in itself? EU Roma policy, human rights and the economic investment myth

A means to an end or an end in itself? EU Roma policy, human rights and the economic investment myth
A means to an end or an end in itself? EU Roma policy, human rights and the economic investment myth
The Roma face a dire socio-economic situation and structural discrimination across Europe. To address the challenges experienced by this community, the EU adopted a specific EU Roma policy – the ‘EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies’ (2011) – which, together with EU funds, supports Member States with integration of the Roma at the national level. This article argues that the economic framing of the EU Roma policy is underpinned by an economic investment myth: namely, that the EU can only address rights violations as a means to achieving the EU’s economic ends. It is shown that this myth undermines the EU’s legal and constitutional human rights commitments post-Lisbon, according to which the EU has now the legal capability – but lacks the political will – to tackle rights violations such as discrimination in a manner that is not linked to the functioning of the common market.
0021-9886
923-938
Iusmen, Ingi
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Iusmen, Ingi
696395c1-d60e-4fbd-aa2b-98aeecaa64b2

Iusmen, Ingi (2018) A means to an end or an end in itself? EU Roma policy, human rights and the economic investment myth. JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, 56 (4), 923-938. (doi:10.1111/jcms.12691).

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The Roma face a dire socio-economic situation and structural discrimination across Europe. To address the challenges experienced by this community, the EU adopted a specific EU Roma policy – the ‘EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies’ (2011) – which, together with EU funds, supports Member States with integration of the Roma at the national level. This article argues that the economic framing of the EU Roma policy is underpinned by an economic investment myth: namely, that the EU can only address rights violations as a means to achieving the EU’s economic ends. It is shown that this myth undermines the EU’s legal and constitutional human rights commitments post-Lisbon, according to which the EU has now the legal capability – but lacks the political will – to tackle rights violations such as discrimination in a manner that is not linked to the functioning of the common market.

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Accepted/In Press date: 11 September 2017
e-pub ahead of print date: 12 December 2017
Published date: May 2018

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Local EPrints ID: 416406
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/416406
ISSN: 0021-9886
PURE UUID: 74ea6d51-2f70-49a3-8f2f-3915b8f1ac99
ORCID for Ingi Iusmen: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-6658-0667

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Date deposited: 15 Dec 2017 17:30
Last modified: 26 Nov 2021 05:10

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