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.

University of Groningen Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 20/2019

14 Pages Posted: 23 May 2019 Last revised: 19 Jun 2019

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Dimitry Kochenov

CEU Democracy Institute, Budapest; CEU Department of Legal Studies, Vienna

Date Written: April 26, 2019

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Kochenov, Dimitry, The Oxymoron of ‘Market Citizenship’ and the Future of the Union (April 26, 2019). 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., University of Groningen Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 20/2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3378624

Dimitry Kochenov (Contact Author)

CEU Democracy Institute, Budapest ( email )

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CEU Department of Legal Studies, Vienna ( email )

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