Claiming Citizenship Rights in Europe

Emerging Challenges and Political Agents

Author: Daniele Archibugi,Ali Emre Benli

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351713175

Category: Political Science

Page: 238

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While the European integration project is facing new challenges, abandonments and criticism, it is often forgotten that there are powerful legal instruments that allow citizens to protect and extend their rights. These instruments and the actions taken to activate them are often overlooked and deliberately ignored in the mainstream debates. This book presents a selection of cases in which legal institutions, social movements, avant-gardes and minorities have tried, and often succeeded, to enhance the current state of human rights through traditional as well as innovative actions. The chapters of this book investigate some of the cases in which the gap between the conventionally recognized rights and those advocated is becoming wider and where traditionally disadvantaged groups raise new problems or new issues are emerging concerning individual freedom, transparency and accountability, which are not yet properly addressed in the current political and legal landscape. Can political institutions and courts without coercive power of last resort actually foster more progressive rights? This book suggests that the expansion of human rights might be a viable strategy to generate a proper European citizenship. This text will be of key interest to scholars and students of European Studies, Politics and International Relations, Law and Society, Sociology and Migration Studies and more broadly to NGOs and policy advisers.

Rights and Courts in Pursuit of Social Change

Legal Mobilisation in the Multi-Level European System

Author: Dia Anagnostou

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1782251871

Category: Law

Page: 261

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Over the past few decades, European countries have witnessed a proliferation of legal norms concerning marginalised individuals and minorities who increasingly invoke them in front of courts to assert their rights and claim protection. The present volume explores the relationship between law, rights and social mobilisation in Europe. It specifically enquires into the extent and ways in which legal processes and entitlements are mobilised by less privileged social actors to advance their rights claims and pursue social change. Most distinctly, it explores such processes in the context of the multi-level European system, characterised by the existence of multiple legal and judicial arenas at the national, subnational and supranational/transnational level. In such a complex system of law and governance in Europe, concepts like legal opportunity structures, as well as the factors shaping them need to be reconceptualised. How does the multi-level European context distinctly shape the nature and salience of rights, as well as their mobilisation by individuals and minority actors?

Remaking Citizenship in Multicultural Europe

Women's Movements, Gender and Diversity

Author: B. Halsaa,S. Roseneil,S. Sumer,Sevil Sümer

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137272155

Category: Political Science

Page: 277

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This book offers a ground-breaking analysis of how women's movements have been remaking citizenship in multicultural Europe. Presenting the findings of a large scale, multi-disciplinary cross-national feminist research project, FEMCIT, it develops an expanded, multi-dimensional understanding of citizenship as practice and experience.

Gender and Identity in Central and Eastern Europe

Author: Chri Corrin

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135266212

Category: Political Science

Page: 152

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This collection highlights changes in Central and Eastern Europe since 1989 from the perspectives of gender and identity. Resistance to the negative consequences of certain changes demonstrate that women's activities have played a large part in democratic developments in various countries.

Democratising the EU from Below?

Citizenship, Civil Society and the Public Sphere

Author: Dr Alexander Gattig,Dr Tatjana Evas,Dr Ulrike Liebert

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1472408306

Category: Political Science

Page: 220

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For the European Union of the 21st century, the search for sustainable prosperity and stability includes the challenge of reconciling democratic ideals and practices with the construction of a European constitutional order. From the 2001 Laeken Summit to the 2009 Lisbon Treaty and beyond EU leaders have repeatedly set out to bring citizens closer to EU governance by making it more democratic and effective yet several national ratification referendums have shown that publics are divided about whether and why to endorse or veto complex EU reform packages imposed from the top down. Despite these limitations people do effectively engage in the making of a European polity. By initiating national court proceedings active citizens are promoting fundamental European rights in Member States' practices. As party members they contribute to shaping mass media communication about, and national publics' understanding of, European political alternatives. As civil society activists citizens help build social networks for contesting certain EU reforms or advocating others. Last but not least, as voters in national and European elections they choose between competing party visions, and national parliamentary stances regarding the role of democratic citizenship. This original contribution to the debate about democratic citizenship vis-à-vis the challenges of economic globalization and European political integration presents critical explorations of different fields of direct, representative, participatory and deliberative democratic citizenship practices that affect the transformation of Europe.

Teaching for Citizenship in Europe

Author: Audrey Osler,Hanns-Fred Rathenow,Hugh Starkey

Publisher: Trentham Books Limited

ISBN: 9781858560526

Category: Citizenship

Page: 222

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Educators from all over Europe are responding to the EU's requirement that its education systems should "encourage all young Europeans to see themselves as citizens of their regions and countries but also as citizens of Europe and of the wider world". This book provides practical guidance to teachers and schools seeking to put these recommendations into practice, drawing on the expertise of teacher educators from across Europe. The contributors have been part of the EC-funded curriculum development project: Education for citizenship in a new Europe - learning democracy, social justice, global responsibiliy and respect for human rights. They come from France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, and the UK. They examine the values needed for teaching in pluralist societies and offer effective approaches for developing active citizensip and global responsibility in schools. The book is designed for teachers and teacher educators who are concerned to promote justice and equality in education, and for student teachers who will be teaching in European schools in the next century.

The Reconceptualization of European Union Citizenship

Author: Elspeth Guild,Cristina Gortázar Rotaeche,Dora Kostakopoulou

Publisher: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers

ISBN: 9004251529

Category: Law

Page: 424

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This book maps out, from a variety of theoretical standpoints, the challenges generated by European integration and EU citizenship for community membership, belonging and polity-making beyond the state. It does so by focusing on three main issues of relevance for how EU citizenship has developed and its capacity to challenge state sovereignty and authority as the main loci of creating and delivering rights and protection. First, it looks at the relationship between citizenship of the Union and European identity and assesses how immigration and access to nationality in the Member States impact on the development of a common European identity. Secondly, it discusses how the idea of solidarity interacts with the boundaries of EU citizenship as constructed by the entitlement and capacity of mobile citizens to enjoy equality and social rights as EU citizens. Thirdly, the book engages with issues of EU citizenship and equality as the building blocks of the EU project. By engaging with these themes, this volume provides a topical and comprehensive account of the present and future development of Union citizenship and studies the collisions between the realisation of its constructive potential and Member State autonomy.

Citizenship in Nordic Welfare States

Dynamics of Choice, Duties and Participation In a Changing Europe

Author: Bjørn Hvinden,Håkan Johansson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134120923

Category: Political Science

Page: 250

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This book offers an innovative analysis of the ways in which the relationship between citizens and welfare states - social citizenship - becomes more dynamic and multifaceted as a result of Europeanization and individualization. Written by interdisciplinary contributors from politics, sociology, law and philosophy, it examines the transformation of social citizenship through a series of illuminating case studies, comparing Nordic countries and other European nations. Dealing with the following areas of national and European welfare policy, legislation and practice: activation – reforms linking income maintenance and employment promotion scope for participation of marginal groups in deliberation and decision-making impact of human rights legislation for welfare and legal protection against discrimination and social barriers to equal market participation coordination of social security systems to facilitate cross-border mobility in Europe pension reform – efforts to make pension systems sustainable. Citizenship in Nordic Welfare States will be of interest to students and researchers of social policy, comparative welfare, social law, political science, sociology and European studies.

Enacting European Citizenship

Author: Engin F. Isin,Michael Saward

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107033969

Category: Law

Page: 241

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"Our goal in this book has been to develop a distinctive perspective on the emerging European citizenship and its impact on European integration. The rapidly changing politics of citizenship in the face of migration, diversity, heightened concerns about security, and financial and economic crises, has positioned European citizenship at the forefront of political and social challenges to European integration"--

Ethnic Diversity in Europe

Challenges to the Nation State

Author: David Turton,Julia González

Publisher: Universidad de Deusto

ISBN: 8498305020

Category: Social Science

Page: 152

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Ethnic diversity is on increase in Europe; at the same time, there is evidence of growing anti-immigrant feeling in some countries, such as Spain (especially in the Southern provinces). In order to build a politically united and democratic Europe, the accommodation of ethnic diversity and the integration of ethnic minorities are both key challenges. This book tries to explain ethnic problems in Europe.