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 8: Europeanisation of citizenship in the context of EU accession

Senka Neuman Stanivukovic


This chapter studies the accession-driven Europeanisation of citizenship in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Croatia. Drawing from Bourdieu’s field theory and Isin’s critical intervention into citizenship scholarship, the chapter explains how European citizenship has shifted domestic citizenship practices away from the central state and towards the subnational and the European political spheres. It argues that the analysis of the citizenship practices of actors outside of the EU helps us to redefine European citizenship as a regime that transcends the boundaries of the EU. Two principal claims are made. First, European citizenship functions as an organising principle of political spaces that are not directly part of the European Union, including transnational networks, cross-border regions, but also non-EU localities. Second, by claiming rights vis-à-vis European institutions, citizens of EU applicant/candidate countries have not only positioned themselves as political subjects within the EU, but they have also pushed for a more democratic and inclusive European order.

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