Rights and Citizenship in the European Union

36 Pages Posted: 8 Apr 2003

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Dennis C. Mueller

University of Vienna - Center for Business Studies - Department of Economics

Date Written: March 2003

Abstract

This paper employs the methodology of "constitutional political economy" to examine the definition of citizenship, and the delineation of the rights that accompany citizenship. The concepts developed are then applied to the question of how rights and citizenship should be defined in the European Union. The answer to this question is shown to depend on whether the Union is organized as a federation or a confederation. The concepts developed are then used to critique the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, and to question whether this Charter should be made a part of a new European Union constitution.

JEL Classification: D71, D72

Suggested Citation

Mueller, Dennis C., Rights and Citizenship in the European Union (March 2003). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 896. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=388624

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