By Jeremy Rabkin. Published 2000. ISBN 9780718716240
Optimistic supporters of a common European citizenship have looked to the United States as a source of inspiration, noting that its sense of common citizenship was the work of generations. Whilst there is truth to this claim, Rabkin considers the differences to be more noteworthy than the parallels. Looking at issues surrounding a common economy, national security, a shared political culture and civic activism, Rabkin suggests that it was under very different circumstances and political aims that the United States was forged as a common nation compared to European integration today.