The Oxymoron of ‘Market Citizenship’ and the Future of the Union
Fabian Amtenbrink, Gareth Davies, Dimitry Kochenov and Justin Lindeboom (eds), The Internal Market and the Future of European Integration: Essays in Honour of Laurence W. Gormley (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), 2019, pp. 217–230.
14 Pages Posted: 23 May 2019 Last revised: 19 Jun 2019
Date Written: April 26, 2019
Besides honouring my Groningen mentor, Prof. Laurence W. Gormley, the aim of this contribution is to problematize the inescapable commodification of the individual at play in the context of the framing of the key personal legal status in EU law as ‘Market Citizenship’. Market citizenship is a turn away from the fundamental principles of dignity, the rule of law and fundamental rights protection, which needs to be seriously questioned. The point I am making is as basic, as it is in need of constant restatement: a “good market citizen” is necessarily a nobody.
Keywords: EU citizenship, Internal market, Market citizenship, EU law
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