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A ruined fortress? : neoliberal hegemony and transformation in Europe
Cafruny, Alan W.

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Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, c2003.
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x, 325 p. ; 24 cm.
Governance in Europe
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Governance in Europe
study of European integration in the neoliberal era / Theories of European integration : a critique / neo-Gramscian approach to European integration / Structure and process in transnational European business / geopolitics of U.S. hegemony in Europe / political economy of exchange rate commitments : Italy, the United Kingdom, and the process of European monetary integration / Diminishing expectations : the strategic discourse of globalization in the political economy of New Labour / changing political economy of France : dirigisme under duress / Disciplinary neoliberalism, regionalization, and the social market in German restructuring / Magnus Ryder -- "Competitive restructuring" and industrial revelations within the European union : corporatist involvement and beyond / Cultural policy and citizenship in the European Union : an answer to the legitimation problem? / Europe, the United States, and the neoliberal (dis)order : is there a coming crisis of the euro?
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This challenging book argues convincingly that research on European integration has lagged behind important theoretical developments in the fields of international relations, international political economy, and international organization. The contributors contend that prevailing theories of integration--despite their considerable differences--all suffer from an excessive focus on institutions and ideas, while overlooking the ways in which these institutions and ideas have promoted a neoliberal agenda during the last decade. To overcome these weaknesses, this volume draws on one of the key strands of theoretical innovation--critical political economy or transnational historical materialism--to develop a more comprehensive and consistent analysis of processes of European integration. Although not claiming that states have ceded their role as "masters of the treaties," the contributors develop innovative case studies of national and transnational processes to illustrate the salience of trans-European business networks and the primacy of neoliberalism as central organizing concepts of the post-Maastricht European project. Contributions by: Baastian van Apeldoorn, Hans-J rgen Bieling, Alan W. Cafruny, Ben Clift, Stephen Gill, Colin Hay, Otto Holman, Henk Overbeek, Kees van der Pijl, Magnus Ryner, Thorsten Schulten, Giles Scott-Smith, Leila Simona Talani, and Matthew Watson.

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Alan W. Cafruny and Magnus RynerBastiaan van Apeldoorn and Henk Overbeek and Magnus RynerStephen GillOtto Holman and Kees van der PijlAlan W. CafrunyLeila Simona TalaniColin Hay and Matthew WatsonBen CliftMagnus RynerHans-Jurgen Bieling and Thorsten SchultenGiles Scott-SmithAlan W. Cafruny
Prefacep. vii
Abbreviations and Acronymsp. ix
Introduction: The Study of European Integration in the Neoliberal Erap. 1
Part I The European Union and Neoliberal Hegemony
1 Theories of European Integration: A Critiquep. 17
2 A Neo-Gramscian Approach to European Integrationp. 47
3 Structure and Process in Transnational European Businessp. 71
4 The Geopolitics of U.S. Hegemony in Europe: From the Breakup of Yugoslavia to the War in Iraqp. 95
Part II Neoliberal Hegemony and the State
5 The Political Economy of Exchange Rate Commitments: Italy, the United Kingdom, and the Process of European Monetary Integrationp. 123
6 Diminishing Expectations: The Strategic Discourse of Globalization in the Political Economy of New Labourp. 147
7 The Changing Political Economy of France: Dirigisme under Duressp. 173
8 Disciplinary Neoliberalism, Regionalization, and the Social Market in German Restructuringp. 201
Part III The European Union beyond Neoliberalism?
9 "Competitive Restructuring" and Industrial Relations within the European Union: Corporatist Involvement and Beyondp. 231
10 Cultural Policy and Citizenship in the European Union: An Answer to the Legitimation Problem?p. 261
11 Europe, the United States, and Neoliberal (Dis)Order: Is There a Coming Crisis of the Euro?p. 285
Indexp. 307
About the Contributorsp. 323