European identity: Diversity in union

Rik Pinxten, Marijke Cornelis, Robert A. Rubinstein

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This paper discusses the dynamics of identity within the European Union. The authors describe the necessary preconditions for the development of European Identity; including the value of freedom, equal rights and a re-conceptualization of the concept of solidarity in the context of citizenship. Highlighted are how debates about immigrant rights, the rise of neo-racist movements, and the role of political parties create a sociopolitical context for the reassertion of nation-state power, giving rise to neo-national and neo-communitarian sentiments. In contrast, the construction of European Identity requires the development of intercultural competencies and shared framings of common interests.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)687-698
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Public Administration
Issue number6-7
StatePublished - May 2007


  • Citizenship
  • Identity
  • Interculturalism
  • Nationalism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Public Administration


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