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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Higher Education and European Citizenship as a Matter of Public Concern
Author(s): Biesta, G J J
Simons, Maarten
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Keywords: European Union accession
Citizenship European Union countries
Issue Date: 2009
Citation: Biesta GJJ & Simons M (2009) Higher Education and European Citizenship as a Matter of Public Concern, European Educational Research Journal, 8 (2), pp. 142-145.;
Abstract: First paragraph: With the growth of the European Union – both in terms of its size and in terms of its influence and importance – questions have emerged about the relationship between the European Union and the inhabitants of its member states. These questions are increasingly being framed in relation to the idea of citizenship. The issue here is not only whether such a thing as European citizenship can exist. The issue is also what we should understand by European citizenship and, in relation to this, how European citizenship can be promoted and advanced. These questions are first of all considered to be important in relation to the democratic legitimacy of the European Union on the assumption that the legitimacy of democratic governance crucially depends on the extent to which it is supported and ‘owned’ by its citizens. But they are also considered to be important in relation to wider questions about social cohesion and integration and the emergence of something like a sense of a European identity.
DOI Link: 10.2304/eerj.2009.8.2.142
Rights: Published in the European Educational Research Journal. Copyright: Symposium Journals.; Open Access. Publisher statement: "Please note that all articles published within Symposium journals automatically become open access 18 months after publication, so authors are asked to respect that embargo period".

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