Citizenship in the EU

Short Title


Full Title

Citizenship in the EU: Civic Participation and Identities of Young Generations and Vulnerable Groups with Special Focus on East and Central Europe

Brief Description

If citizenship in the Euroepan Union has been developing constantly during he past two decades, it remained in flux. The research project concentrates on major challenges to the processes of identification with the EU in particular in countries of East Central and Souths Eastern Europe. The empirical research will focus on young generations’ and vulnarable groups’ perception and expectation about European citizenship. The theoretical part of the research project wil focus on new dimensions of European citizenship in relation to identity and sovereignty.

Research Period

Spring/Summer 2013 – Winter 2014

Research Type

Empirical, historical, theoretical

Research Monitoring Body

IPDOS (Interdicsiplinary Platform for Doctoral Research)

Project Supervisor

Ferenc Miszlivetz, Centre for Social Science Research MTA

Research Manager

Angéla Kóczé, Centre for Social Science Research MTA, CEU


András Gergely,  Jody Jensen,   Centre for Social Science Research MTA

External Researchers

Dr  Mónika Mátay, ELTE
Prof. György Csepeli, ELTE
Dr. Márta Pankucsi and Dr. Kinga Szabó, University of Miskolc
Prof. Stefano Bianchini, University of Bologna, Institute for East-Central Europe and the Balkans, Forli, Italy
Prof. Slobodan Markovic, University of Belgrade; Serbia
Prof. Zarko Puhovski, University of Zagreb; Croatia
prof. Mitja Zagar, University of Ljubljana; Slovenia
Peter Huncik, director, Forum Minority Research Institute, Slovakia
Noemi Lendvai, University of Bristol, UK;
Prof. James M. Skelly, University of Ulster, Ireland



Ferenc Miszlivetz (

Institutional Partners

ELTE; IGES-ISES, Corvinus University of Budapest; University of Bologna, MIRRES, Forli


International Visegrad Fund, Central European Initiative, EU Jean Monnet Project

Research Summary

Civic participation on both political and social terms has traditionally been among the key subjects of research on citizenship. The project will adopt a broad notion of civic participation and focuses on both failed and successful cases of active excercises of citizenship.
As part of the rather complex and often paradoxical  post-1989 „transitions”, national identities were reconstructed and in some cases even reinforced in East-Central and South-Eastern European countries that joined the EU or are accepted as candidates. In this historico-political context, debating European citizenship inevitably implies assessing the notion of citizenship as a feeling of belonging to and identification with the EU polity.
The research projects will explore and analyze recent trends and popular discourses about citizenship in ECE and will investigate the concerns and aspirations directed at the EU by the  young generations.
Some of the major research questions include: „Which groups of citizens do not make use of their rights and what hinders them? What could be done to allow a greater number of citizens to make their voice heard?”