Comparative Multilevel Citizenship
Virtual workshop hosted by York University (Canada), 9 May 2022
Building on decades of efforts to create a European citizenship, member states introduced a common citizenship thirty years ago, in the Maastricht treaty. This workshop explores the impact of EU citizenship and its consequences for European integration while casting a wider eye to other forms of supranational and/or multilevel citizenship in Africa, Asia, the Americas, and elsewhere.
One focus of the workshop is migration and free movement, because regulating the movement of people has always interacted with federalism, sovereignty, and regional relations between states. The rise of regional free movement, perhaps coupled with a common citizenship, strengthens regional integration beyond mere trade agreements. Furthermore, incentives or disincentives to internal migration exist in tension with ideals of equal citizenship. Debates about internal migration in states such as India, China, Brazil, or even the United States or Canada are comparable to debates about the possibilities and limits of EU citizenship in facilitating free movement among EU member states (Maas 2017; Maas 2021).
This workshop organized by the Jean Monnet Chair at York University (which is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union) is part of the European Community Studies Association – Canada 25th anniversary celebrations and in collaboration with Research Committee 46 Migration and Citizenship of the International Political Science Association.