Research collaboration: Advancing multiscalar social citizenship within the European Union
- Alexandre de le Court (University of Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona)
- Dobrinka Kostova (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology)
- Arnaud Lechevalier (Universite de Paris 1, Pantheon-Sorbonne)
- Dagmar Schiek (University College Cork)
- Peter Verhaege (Caritas Europe, Brussels)
Recent crises have revealed that access to social rights, such as social security, short time work, housing, or health care is essential for the resilience of economies to external shocks, but also for sustaining social cohesion, trust and belonging in European societies. This collaborative project investigates the limits and potentials of transnational social citizenship in Europe. It adopts a rights-based approach and looks into social rights practice, the way how social rights are claimed, granted, enforced, or denied in marginalised groups’ encounters with social services, in social policy, jurisprudence, and macroeconomic coordination in selected EU member states, including Bulgaria, France, Germany, Ireland and Spain. The objective is to map sources of social citizenship that have established at the EU’s different scales in law, policy, social work, and perceptions and discourses of social citizenship, and that might form part of a set of rights enforcible not only for EU migrants, but for those marginalised within their societies, too.