Solidarity Decomposed: Being and Time in European Citizenship

60 Pages Posted: 31 May 2007

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Alexander Somek

University of Iowa - College of Law

Date Written: March 2007

Abstract

In this paper, argue that Union citizenship cannot be understood as the elevation of national solidarity, however thinly conceived, to the transnational level. On the contrary, Union citizenship acts on national solidarity, thereby altering its shape. It lends expression to an individualistic view of the political realm. I attempt to explain why owing to the preponderance of this view, national solidarity comes to be perceived as ungenerous and unkind, even in the eyes of its own beneficiaries.

Keywords: European citizenship, Directive 38/2004, solidarity, individualism

Suggested Citation

Somek, Alexander, Solidarity Decomposed: Being and Time in European Citizenship (March 2007). U Iowa Legal Studies Research Paper No. 07-13, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=987346 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.987346

Alexander Somek (Contact Author)

University of Iowa - College of Law ( email )

Melrose and Byington
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States

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