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Integrated and united? a quest for citizenship in an 'ever closer Europe'

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 513421

  • Start date

    1 September 2005

  • End date

    31 December 2009

Funded under:

FP6-CITIZENS

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 876 826

  • EU contribution

    € 3 900 000

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITÀ DEGLI STUDI DI SIENA

Italy

Objective

The major aim of this research is to study the changes in the scope, nature and characteristics of citizenship presently underway as an effect of the process of deepening and enlargement of the European Union. It will focus on how integration and decentral ization processes, at both the national and European level, are affecting three major dimensions of citizenship: identity, representation, and practice of good governance. In a moment in which the EU is facing an important number of challenges, and given t hat its legitimacy and democratic capacities are questioned, it is important to address the issue of if and how is EU citizenship emerging. From this primary question stem three further sets of questions that will be the building-blocks of this research: ( 1) How does a particular kind of political structuring shapes citizenship? In a complex system, how do different identities coexist? (2) What sense of obligation is the EU citizenship developing? How do coexisting identities affect the relationship between elites and mass? (3) What are the citizens expecting from the EU as a level of government? To answer these questions, we will address the problems of citizenship under the threefold approach of identity, representation and evaluation of government perform ance, by looking at the dynamics between elites and public opinion, whose interactions traditionally nurture the dynamics of collective political identity, political legitimacy and representation, and standards of performance. A number of benefits and impa ct can be foreseen in this project. (1) A contribution to both, the empirical testing of existing theories of integration and citizenship, and the development and improvement of those theories. (2) The raising of academic and scientific standards within t he European Research Area to a highly competitive level. (3) The furthering and deepening of integration between research institutions and disciplines within and between countries. (4) An equalising of level

Coordinator

UNIVERSITÀ DEGLI STUDI DI SIENA

Address

Banchi Di Sotto, 55
Siena

Italy

Participants (31)

UNIVERSITY OF EXETER

United Kingdom

UNIVERSITY OF WALES, CARDIFF

United Kingdom

SOCIOLOGICKY CASOPIS I CZECH

Czechia

THE EUROPEAN OMNIBUS SURVEY

Belgium

UNIVERSIDADE DE LISBOA

Portugal

NATIONAL AND KAPODISTRIAN UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS

Greece

INSTYTUT FILOZOFII I SOCJOLOGII POLSKIEJ AKADEMII NAUK

Poland

OTTO-FRIEDRICH-UNIVERSITAET BAMBERG

Germany

BUDAPESTI CORVINUS EGYETEM

Hungary

PHILIPPS-UNIVERSITAET MARBURG

Germany

UNIVERSITY OF ESSEX

United Kingdom

UNIVERSIDAD DE GRANADA

Spain

FRIEDRICH-SCHILLER-UNIVERSITAET JENA

Germany

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Belgium

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL

United Kingdom

UNIWERSYTET LODZKI

Poland

UNIVERSITA' DEGLI STUDI DEL MOLISE

Italy

SYDDANSK UNIVERSITET

Denmark

UNIVERSITAT POMPEU FABRA

Spain

SOCIALINIU TYRIMU INSTITUTAS

Lithuania

SZKOLA WYZSZA PSYCHOLOGII SPOLECZUEJ

Poland

UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX

United Kingdom

CENTRAL EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY, BUDAPEST FOUNDATION

Hungary

INSTITUT FRANÇAIS DES RELATIONS INTERNATIONALES

France

MANNHEIMER ZENTRUM FÜR EUROPÄISCHE SOZIALFORSCHUNG - UNIVERSITAET MANNHEIM

Germany

OBSERVATOIRE SOCIAL EUROPÉEN

Belgium

UNIVERSITÀ DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO

Italy

UNIVERSITÉ CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN

Belgium

UNIVERSITÉ DE BRETAGNE SUD

France

UNIVERSITÉ PARIS I PANTHEON SORBONNE

France

UNIVERSZITY KOMENSKÉHO V BRATISLAVE

Slovakia

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 513421

  • Start date

    1 September 2005

  • End date

    31 December 2009

Funded under:

FP6-CITIZENS

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 876 826

  • EU contribution

    € 3 900 000

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITÀ DEGLI STUDI DI SIENA

Italy