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Sara Stendahl and Otto Swedrup

This chapter discusses three theoretical focal points: social rights, redress mechanisms and citizenship. Core references were made to Jeff King, Anna Hollander, Håkan Gustafsson, Lotta Vahlne Westerhäll and T.H. Marshall. The aim of the study is to investigate the possibilities and impediments for EU-citizens in Denmark, Estonia, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom to enforce their (moral and/or legal) social rights in the fields of education, health care, housing and social assistance. The redress mechanisms developed in the eight countries to secure the enforcement of the selected social rights are discussed as well as other – extra-legal – circumstances that create hindrances for EU-citizens to enforce their social rights in spite of established redress mechanisms.