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About the bEUcitizen project

In this research citizenship is considered to be a heterogeneous, dynamic, social and historical collection of practices which finally found their repercussions in legal and institutional firmly-enshrined rights and obligations. The mutual dependency between rules and practices means that citizenship is continually in a state of flux:

  • In Europe various forms of citizenship - local, regional, national or EU - exist alongside each other. Research into the development of citizenship before the French Revolution and into the concepts of citizenship in existing (con) federal states must offer inspiration for the further development of a European form of citizenship.
  • The research takes as its point of departure the fact that citizenship, depending on the field in question - economic, social, political or civil rights and obligations, is further developing.
  • Citizens’ rights and obligations are different for various groups of citizens: women, men, the youth, the older generation, people within and outside the EU.
  • Various groups of citizens may encounter social barriers when exercising their rights and obligations.

Research into the diversity of citizenship within the interplay of forces concerning rules and practices requires a multidisciplinary approach. The point of departure in the bEUcitizen project is that citizenship is not seen as a purely legal or constitutional construction. It is exactly this approach that offers the possibility for more insight to be gained into the role of European citizenship in the further design and functioning of institutions.

The partners besides Utrecht University which are participating in the bEUcitizen consortium are the following prestigious universities and research institutions from within and outside Europe:

University of Antwerp

Belgium

University of Zagreb

Croatia

Masaryk University

Czech Republic

University of Tartu

Estonia

University of Aalborg

Denmark

University of Copenhagen

Denmark

University of Paris 8

France

Goethe University Frankfurt

Germany

University of Siegen

Germany

Institute of Economic and Social Research

Germany

in the Hans Böckler Foundation (WSI)

 

Democritus University of Thrace

Greece

Central European University

Hungary

University College Dublin

Ireland

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Israel

University of Trento

Italy

University of Turino

Italy

Jagiellonian University

Poland

University of Oviedo

Spain

Pompeu Fabra University

Spain

Barcelona Institute of International Studies

Spain

University of Gothenburg

Sweden

University of Zurich

Switzerland

Boğaziçi University

Turkey

London School of Economics

UK

University of Oxford

UK

Read more: http://cordis.europa.eu/projects/rcn/108458_en.html