Neoliberal European Governance and Beyond: The Limits of a Political Project

Neoliberal European Governance and Beyond: The Limits of a Political Project

by Bastiaan van Apeldoorn, Jan Drahokoupil, Laura Horn
     
 
An ambitious volume that sets out to analyse the nature, contradictions and limits of neoliberal governance in the EU. The analysis covers the changing geopolitical and geo-economic context, the Lisbon agenda and the contestation and mobilization against the European project, such as manifested in the national resistance against the constitution.

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An ambitious volume that sets out to analyse the nature, contradictions and limits of neoliberal governance in the EU. The analysis covers the changing geopolitical and geo-economic context, the Lisbon agenda and the contestation and mobilization against the European project, such as manifested in the national resistance against the constitution.

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'This is an outstanding collection which captures like no other current work the deeper causes of the continuing quagmire of European integration. Covering the period from the European Council's 2000 Lisbon agreement to the rejection of the Constitution and Irish no to the Lisbon treaty, it highlights the inherent problems of neoliberal regulation as applied by the EU. With several chapters devoted to the latest round of enlargement to Central and Eastern Europe, the book powerfully demonstrates the limits of one-sided financial regulation and social downsizing. Written by specialists who in no way can be suspected of an anti-European agenda, the book is testimony to what a progressive, pluralist approach to the study of integration can achieve.' - Kees van der Pijl, University of Sussex, UK

'Focusing on social struggles over the hegemony of the European project, this edited volume takes stock of the politics of neo-liberal restructuring in the European Union since the Lisbon Summit. The contributors provide convincing analyses of the bias towards liberalisation inherent in the European Integration process, but also point towards emerging contestation, countermovements and the potential for European re-regulation. Anyone with an interest in the state of affairs of European politics at the intersection of International Political Economy and Comparative Political Economy should not miss this important contribution.' - Martin Höpner, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Germany

'... what makes this such a strong collection is the authors' attention to the economic dimension, since capitalist contradictions demand a constant reconfiguration of 'institutionalized compromise' both within the hegemonic bloc of social forces and between them and the rest. The clarity and originality of the analysis featured here deserves the widest study.' Michael Keaney, Metropolia Business School, Vantaa, Finland, Political Studies Review

'As Jessop highlights, what makes this such a strong collection is the authors' attention to the economic dimension, since capitalist contradictions demand a constant reconfiguration of 'institutionalized compromise' (p.viii) both within the hegemonic bloc of social forces and between them and the rest. The clarity and originality of the analysis featured here deserves the widest study. - Micheal Keaney, Political Studies Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230268586
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
11/27/2008
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
753 KB

Meet the Author

ANDREAS BIELER is Professor of Political Economy and Fellow of the Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice (CSSGJ) in the School of Politics and International Relations, University of Nottingham, UK.
HANS-JÜRGEN BIELING is Junior Professor for European integration at the Department of Political Science at Philipps University Marburg, Germany.
DOROTHEE BOHLE is Associate Professor of Political Science at Central European University, Budapest.
ALAN W. CAFRUNY is Henry Platt Bristol Professor of International Affairs at Hamilton College, USA.
JAN DRAHOKOUPIL is a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, Germany.
SANDY BRIAN HAGER is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at York University in Toronto, Canada.
LAURA HORN is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
JOHANNES JÄGER is Head of the Economics Department at the University of Applied Sciences BFI Vienna, Austria.
HENK OVERBEEK is Professor of International Relations at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
MAGNUS RYNER is Professor of International Relations at Oxford Brookes University, UK.
ARJAN VLIEGENTHART studied political science and history at the Vrije Universiteit (Amsterdam) and the Freie Universität (Berlin), Germany.

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