Free movement and the emergence of European social citizenship

Dawid Friedrich, Patrizia Nanz, Kerstin Blome

Abstract

Can we observe the emergence of an independent social citizenship, or does (still) the economic logic of EU integration prevail? This article offers a well-founded empirical investigation into this topical issue. It characterizes personal free movement as central to EU citizenship and analyzes the complete jurisdiction of the EU on FoM of social assistance, carving out to what extent social citizenship elements are dissolved from their national basis and redeployed at EU-level. It argues that, in the individual dimension of social citizenship, a simultaneity of partial denationalizing and supranationalizing effects are observable that do not give way to a clear post-national construction of social citizenship and which come at the cost of the collective dimension of social citizenship.

Schlagworte

Social citizenship; freedom of movement; European Court of Justice; European citizenship

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