1st Edition

The Europeanization of Citizenship
Between the Ideology of Nationality, Immigration and European Identity

ISBN 9780754635956
Published May 4, 2005 by Routledge
184 Pages

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Book Description

The connection between immigration and citizenship in Europe is an increasingly important issue. This timely and informative book investigates three main aspects of the issue: the degree to which European citizenship encourages the development of a European identity; the impact of European citizenship at the nation-state level in Italy and the UK in regard to domestic policy-making in the areas of immigration and citizenship; and what is needed to make a supranational citizenship work in practice. Fiorella Dell'Olio examines changes in laws on citizenship, nationality, and immigration in Italy and the UK, and assesses the relationship between the political conceptualization of European citizenship and the public response as revealed by opinion polls. She argues that the establishment of a European citizenship has reinforced the ideology of nationality in both Italy and the UK and that it consequently has failed to forge a European identity.

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Theories, concepts and definitions; Community models; Redefining nationality and immigration policies: the United Kingdom and Italy; Forms and functions of the European citizenship; The Europeanization of citizenship: controversial issues; Public attitudes, values-mobilisation and identification; Supra-national undertakings and the determination of social rights in the EU; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

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Fiorella Dell'Olio is the Affiliated Lecturer in European Politics for the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cambridge, UK.


'Dell'Olio provides a careful analysis of the development of European citizenship and the challenges it presents. This book is a valuable addition to the growing debate on this topic.' Zig Layton-Henry, University of Warwick, UK '...highly informative...' Politeia '...provides a timely contribution to an ongoing scholarly debate on the contemporary relevance of national citizenship...makes a welcome contribution to a new research agenda of Europeanization, where precisely the impact on national citizenship has not yet been extensively studied.' Political Studies Review 'Those interested in the analysis of the development of Euorpean citizenship and challenges it presents shall find the book very useful and valuable.' USI Journal 'This is a detailed and carefully constructed book that provides a counterpoint to the arguments of those who maintain the ascendance of new forms of postnational and supranational citizenship...this book makes an important overall contribution to debates on citizenship within the EU.' Parliamentary Affairs '...this book represents a satisfying blend of realism and normative optimism. It breaks new ground by positing a post-national solution to the predicament of third country nationals resident in the EU who are currently treated as second class citizens...' Political ReviewNet 'The book is clearly well researched...for researchers in contemporary European politics it is a valuable contribution to contemporary debates.' Melbourne Journal of Politics