European Political Science

, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp 341–357

Post-National Citizenship and Higher Education in the European Union

  • Chris Gifford
  • Susana Gonçalves
  • Elżbieta Wołodźko
  • Ákos Gocsal

DOI: 10.1057/eps.2010.14

Cite this article as:
Gifford, C., Gonçalves, S., Wołodźko, E. et al. Eur Polit Sci (2010) 9: 341. doi:10.1057/eps.2010.14


This paper is concerned with the role of higher education institutions (HEIs) in constituting European post-national citizenships. The central argument is that the Europeanisation of rights, and the administrative regulation of higher education that follows from this, are limited as instruments for developing post-national citizenship as they reinforce and conceal social and cultural divisions. An individualist and organisational conception of citizenship is contrasted with the possibilities for a post-national citizenship enacted within HEIs considered as significant political actors within a broadly conceived European public sphere.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chris Gifford
    • 1
  • Susana Gonçalves
    • 2
  • Elżbieta Wołodźko
    • 3
  • Ákos Gocsal
    • 4
  1. 1.University of Huddersfield, Queensgate CampusHuddersfieldUK
  2. 2.Polytechic Institute of CoimbraCoimbraPortugal
  3. 3.University of Warmia and MazuryOlsztynPoland
  4. 4.University of PecsPécsHungary