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15/05/2013

Cittadinanza, lavoro e diritti sociali nella crisi europea

WP C.S.D.L.E. “Massimo D’Antona”.INT – 100/2013


Lo scritto accorpa il testo di una conferenza tenuta all’Università di Anversa il 6 marzo 2013 e quello della relazione svolta a Uppsala, il successivo 22 marzo, nell’ambito del convegno European Citizenship – Twenty Years On

In corso di pubblicazione nella Rivista del diritto della sicurezza sociale.




This paper explores the limits and potentials of European citizenship as a transnational form of social integration, taking as comparison Marshall's classical analysis of the historical development of social rights in the context of the national Welfare State. It is submitted that this potential is currently frustrated by the prevailing negative-integration dimension in which the interplay between Union citizenship and national systems of Welfare State takes place. This negative dimension pervades the entire case law of the Court of Justice on Union citizenship, even becoming dominant – after the famous Viking and Laval judgements – in the ways in which the judges in Luxembourg have built, and limited, what in Marshall’s terms might be called the European collective dimension of “industrial citizenship”. The new architecture of the economic and monetary governance of the Union, based as it is on an unprecedented effort towards a creeping constitutionalisation of a neo-liberal politics of austerity and welfare retrenchment, is destined to strengthen the de-structuring pressures on the industrial-relation and social protection systems of the member States. The conclusions sum-up the main critical arguments and make some suggestions for an alternative path for re-politicising the social question in Europe.


author(s): Giubboni, Stefano
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