ARENA Tuesday Seminar: Espen D. H. Olsen

At the ARENA Tuesday Seminar on 29 April 2014 Espen D. H. Olsen from ARENA presented the paper 'Crisis Resilience and EU Citizenship'.

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Please note that the ARENA Tuesday Seminars have been rescheduled to start at 13:15!


Despite much academic debate on the Eurocrisis, we know little about the possibilities and pitfalls of citizens acting against its consequences.This paper aims exactly to do this. In so doing, the paper starts out from a ‘micro-take’ on citizenship. In seeking to unpack the confrontation of citizenship and crisis, it shifts focus from the political science of the institutional level to ‘acts’ on the micro-level. Developing since the first treaties from a status based on free movment, EU citizenship today comes with a catalogue of social, economic, civil, and political rights. We know much about the genesis, normative ideals, and political realities of these rights. In coping with the crisis, how are these rights used and understood by EU citizens? This question is answered through a study of EU citizens who utilize EU citizenship rights to migrate in the context of crisis. The paper is based on data collected through an online survey, group interviews with EU citizens that have migrated to Norway during the crisis, as well as state officials, NGO representatives and first-line workers ‘on the ground.’

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Please note that this paper is work in progress and thus has limited distribution, please contact us if you would like access. Do not cite without permission from the Author.


Espen D. H. Olsen is senior researcher at ARENA Centre for European Studies. He obtained his PhD in political science from the European University Institute. He is currently member of research groups in three projects; Integration and Division: Towards a Segmented Europe? (Eurodiv); The European Crisis and the Citizens; and The Norwegian Constitution in a Changing European Context (NORCONE).

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Published Jan. 10, 2014 9:29 AM - Last modified Apr. 24, 2017 3:07 PM