This project is part of ‘All Rights Reserved? Barriers towards EUropean CITIZENship (bEUcitizen)’, a European research project involving a consortium of 26 universities coordinated by Utrecht University. bEU is a multinational and multidisciplinary project that aims to identify and analyse the ‘barriers’ to exercising the rights conferred by European citizenship. The project consists of 12 different work packages (WPs) exploring different elements of the issue, each with their own research objective and focus. Bridget Anderson and Isabel Shutes co-ordinate Work Package 10 (WP10).
WP10 explores how ‘citizenship’ is both a legal and a normative status through focussing on the intersections between EU mobility, naturalisation and welfare benefits. It aims to develop a framework for comparing rights and obligations of citizens/non-citizens, highlighting formal and informal processes of inclusion/exclusion, and formal and normative status of citizenship. It examines the increasingly complex institutional framework through which rights (and obligations) within welfare states and labour markets are stratified among formal citizens, as well as between citizens and non-citizens. It also looks to provide a comparative analysis of the interactions between the restructuring of labour markets and welfare states, citizenship and immigration, across and within the five European countries (UK, Croatia, Ireland, the Netherlands and Spain) and one non-EU country (Israel) involved in the project.
European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)
London School of Economics (LSE)
University of Utrecht
University of Zagreb
University College Dublin
Hebrew University Jerusalem
University of Oviedo
What is work?
bEU blog | Bridget Anderson | 6 Nov 2014
Third Country Nationals: included or excluded?
bEU blog | Bridget Anderson | 28 Jul 2014
Being British: Embarrassment and Surprise
bEU blog | Bridget Anderson | 17 Feb 2014
Croatia, Ireland, Israel, Spain, the Netherlands, UK
The project draws on three different literatures on citizenship: citizenship as a formal legal status, citizenship as social rights and citizenship as belonging. It works to integrate these different theoretical approaches into a single analytical framework.
The project uses a critical desk based review of policy, legislation and data in the respective countries involved in the project and a cross-national comparison of the overarching themes. Its later stages will require analysis of national case studies of particular populations that highlight intersections between different understandings of citizenships.
Among the initial findings of the research are:
Report on the Rights and Obligations of Citizens and Non-Citizens in Selected Countries. Principles of Eligibility Underpinning Access to State Territory, Citizenship and Welfare
Reports | Bridget Anderson, Isabel Shutes and Sarah Walker | 2014