This chapter introduces the real-world problem forming the context of application for the theoretical work: whether there could be such a thing as ‘European citizens’, as distinct from citizens of this or that European state; and if so, whether European citizenship would be merely a kind of nation-state citizenship writ large, or could instead open up a new type of citizenship not bound by, but neither eschewing, the particularities of geographical, cultural, and institutional context. The Introduction indicates that the conception of citizenship needed in the EU is one focused on the formative possibilities of political rights and the potentials for persons’ political agency in a context of multiple and multi-levelled affiliations and distributed governance. After background-establishing discussions of the development of the EU, the significance of citizenship, and the book's method - normative political theory – a brief overview of the book's contents is supplied.
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