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Does European Citizenship Blur the Borders of Solidarity?

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Citizenship is currently the building block of political organization in Europe. Apart from political rights necessary to the claim to liberal democracy, the content of citizenship is something of a black box which is constrained only by the limits of administrative imagination. This chapter examines how the relationship of citizenship (as an accumulation of bundles of rights) based on principle of equality operates in conjunction and intersects with the system of social solidarity. T.H. Marshall, a 20th century British sociologist, examined the meaning of citizenship from perspective other than attempts to conceptualize the nation. The Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) uses the word solidarity starting with preamble where it states that it is "INTENDING to confirm the solidarity which binds Europe and the overseas countries. The chapter concludes that the EU the dilution of social cohesion is entirely consistent the widening of social protection and solidarity.

Keywords: European citizenship; social solidarity; T.H. Marshall; TFEU



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