European Citizenship in Perspective
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European Citizenship in Perspective

History, Politics and Law

Edited by Jan van der Harst, Gerhard Hoogers and Gerrit Voerman

Civil, economic, political and social rights are at the centre of the concept of European citizenship. In this volume, the focus is on the political-constitutional dimension of European citizen­ship, which is discussed from the perspective of several disciplines – history, constitutional law and political science. It provides a multi-faceted account of the evolution of European citizenship and its institutionalization, explaining why certain rights came into existence at a certain time and focussing on several key actors involved, such as the European Court of Justice.
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Chapter 2: Political citizenship in the European Union: what it means, how it came about and what challenges lie ahead

Jan Willem van Rossem


The political dimension of EU citizenship is undergoing important developments. This chapter takes a close look at these developments and subjects them to a constitutional analysis. The chapter starts by laying out the conceptual and legal framework of political Union citizenship. It subsequently studies how this framework was created. In this section, it becomes apparent how political Union citizenship was first shaped in a process of constitutionalization and democratization and now steers this process itself. How far this process can or should go is dependent upon both political and constitutional considerations. Some of these considerations are discussed in the final section of the chapter which addresses the current challenges facing political Union citizenship.

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