ECJ Judges read the morning papers. Explaining the turnaround of European citizenship jurisprudence

Titel in Übersetzung: ECJ Judges read the morning papers. Explaining the turnaround of European citizenship jurisprudence

Michael Blauberger, Anita Heindlmaier, Dion Kramer, Dorte Sindbjerg Martinsen, Jessica Sampson Thierry, Angelika Schenk, Benjamin Werner

Publikation: Beitrag in FachzeitschriftArtikelPeer-reviewed

Abstract

Recent jurisprudence of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) marks a striking shift towards a more restrictive interpretation of EU citizens rights. The Court's turnaround is not only highly relevant for practical debates about ‘Social Europe or ‘welfare migration, but also enlightening from a more general, theoretical viewpoint. Several recent studies on the ECJ have argued that the Court is largely constrained by member state governments threats of legislative override and non-compliance. We show that an additional mechanism is necessary to explain the Court's turnaround on citizenship. While the ECJ extended EU citizens rights even against strong opposition by member state governments, its recent shift reflects changes in the broader political context, i.e., the politicization of free movement in the European Union (EU). The article theorises Court responsiveness to politicization and demonstrates empirically, how the Court's jurisprudence corresponds with changing public debates about EU citizenship.
Titel in ÜbersetzungECJ Judges read the morning papers. Explaining the turnaround of European citizenship jurisprudence
OriginalspracheEnglisch
Seiten (von - bis)1422-1441
FachzeitschriftJournal of European Public Policy
Jahrgang25
Ausgabenummer10
DOIs
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 2018

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25(10)

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