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Fissures in EU Citizenship
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This book argues that core concepts in EU citizenship law are riddled with latent fissures traceable back to the earliest case law on free movement of persons, and that later developments simply compounded such defects. By looking at these defects, not only could Brexit have been predicted, but it could also have been foreseen that unchecked problems with EU citizenship would potentially lead to its eventual dismantling during an era of widespread populism and considerable challenges to further integration. Using a critical constructivist approach, the author painstakingly outlines the 'temple' of citizenship from its foundations upwards, and offers a deconstruction of concepts such as 'worker', the role of non-economic actors, the principle of equal treatment, and utterances of citizenship. In identifying inherent fissures in the concept of solidarity and post national identification, this book poses critical questions and argues that we need to reconstruct EU citizenship from the bottom up.


'Fissures in EU Citizenship connects the case law on Union citizenship to broader political developments and social practices on the basis of an innovative interdisciplinary approach.'

Daniel Thym - Professor of Public, European and International Law, University of Konstanz, Germany

'A theoretically illuminating study of the discursive origins and evolution, as refreshingly unusual as it is welcome.'

Dimitry Vladimirovich Kochenov - Chair in European Constitutional Law and Citizenship, University of Groningen, Netherlands

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