Challenging European Citizenship

Ideas and Realities in Contrast

  • Agustín José Menéndez
  • Espen D. H. Olsen

Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics book series (PSEUP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Agustín José Menéndez, Espen D. H. Olsen
    Pages 1-14
  3. The Yardstick: The Concept and the Conception of Citizenship

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Agustín José Menéndez, Espen D. H. Olsen
      Pages 17-43
  4. From the European Personal Status to European Citizenship

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 45-45
    2. Agustín José Menéndez, Espen D. H. Olsen
      Pages 85-147
  5. From European Citizenship to Citizenship?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-149
    2. Agustín José Menéndez, Espen D. H. Olsen
      Pages 151-164
    3. Agustín José Menéndez, Espen D. H. Olsen
      Pages 165-192
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 193-230

About this book


This book provides a critique of the way in which European citizenship is imagined and practiced. Setting their analysis in its full historical context, the authors challenge preconceived ideas about European citizenship on the basis of a detailed reconstruction of political, social and economic practice. In particular, they show the extent to which the elimination of formal internal borders within Europe has come hand in glove with the emergence of new socio-economic boundaries and the hardening of external borders. The book concludes with a number of concrete proposals to forge a genuinely post-national form of membership.

Agustín José Menéndez is Lecturer at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain, and Visiting Researcher, ARENA, University of Oslo, Norway. He is co-author of The Constitution’s Gift (with J.E. Fossum, 2011). He was chief editor of theEuropean Law Journal (2013-2018).

Espen D. H. Olsen is Senior Researcher, ARENA – Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo, Norway. He is the author of Transnational Citizenship in the European Union: Past, Present and Future (2012).


European integration European Union democracy European personal status democratic legitimacy citizenship permanent residence asylum democratic state social state sovereignty constitutionalisation free movement European Court of Justice European Parliament Maastricht Treaty solidarity European identity national citizenship Supranationalism

Authors and affiliations

  • Agustín José Menéndez
    • 1
  • Espen D. H. Olsen
    • 2
  1. 1.Facultad de DerechoUniversidad Autónoma de MadridMadridSpain
  2. 2.ARENA, Centre for European StudiesUniversity of OsloOsloNorway

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