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Contradictions and Limits of Neoliberal European Governance
 
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Contradictions and Limits of Neoliberal European Governance
From Lisbon to Lisbon
 
 
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27 Nov 2008
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This ambitious volume analyses the contradictions and tensions at the heart of European integration, economically as well as politically, and reveals the surprising ways in which these contradictions and tensions have manifested themselves. Concerned with the systemic logic or, indeed, illogic of European governance, it seeks to de-naturalize and deconstruct neoliberalism in the European Union. The contributions illustrate the complicity of key social forces in the spread of neoliberalism and finance-led economic strategies and identify the more or less active strategic role of specific social forces in establishing, guiding, mediating, or resisting its logic.

The individual chapters include analyses of the changing geopolitical and geo-economic context; the politics of welfare state retrenchment, the Lisbon agenda; the struggle over banking and corporate governance regulation; the Eastward expansion of the EU; and of the contestation and mobilization against the European project, such as manifested in the national resistance against the Constitution as well as several other instances of (trans)national resistance.


Description


This ambitious volume analyses the contradictions and tensions at the heart of European integration, economically as well as politically, and reveals the surprising ways in which these contradictions and tensions have manifested themselves. Concerned with the systemic logic or, indeed, illogic of European governance, it seeks to de-naturalize and deconstruct neoliberalism in the European Union. The contributions illustrate the complicity of key social forces in the spread of neoliberalism and finance-led economic strategies and identify the more or less active strategic role of specific social forces in establishing, guiding, mediating, or resisting its logic.

The individual chapters include analyses of the changing geopolitical and geo-economic context; the politics of welfare state retrenchment, the Lisbon agenda; the struggle over banking and corporate governance regulation; the Eastward expansion of the EU; and of the contestation and mobilization against the European project, such as manifested in the national resistance against the Constitution as well as several other instances of (trans)national resistance.


Reviews

'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


Contents

Introduction: Towards a Critical Political Economy of European Governance
PART I: THE NATURE AND LIMITS OF THE EUROPEAN NEOLIBERAL PROJECT
The Contradictions of 'Embedded Neoliberalism' and Europe's Multi-level Legitimacy Crisis: the European Project and its Limits;
B.van Apeldoorn
Neoliberal European Governance and the Politics of Welfare State Retrenchment: A Critique of the New Malthusians; M.Ryner
Geopolitics and Neoliberalism: U.S. Power and the Limits of European Autonomy; A.Cafruny
PART II: CASE STUDIES OF EUROPEAN SOCIO-ECONOMIC REGULATION
Global Finance and the European Economy: The Struggle over Banking Regulation; H.-J.Bieling & J.Jäger
'New Europeans' for the 'New European Economy': Citizenship and the Lisbon Agenda; S.Hager
Organic Intellectuals at Work? The High Level Group of Company Law Experts in European Corporate Governance Regulation; L.Horn
PART III: THE WIDENING OF NEOLIBERAL GOVERNANCE: TRANSNATIONAL CAPITALISM IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE
Corporate Tax Reform in Neoliberal Europe: East Central Europe as a Template for Deepening the Neoliberal European Integration Project? A.Vliegenthart & H.Overbeek
Race to the Bottom? Transnational Companies and Reinforced Competition in the Enlarged European Union; D.Bohle
The Rise of the Competition State in the Visegrád Four: Internationalization of the State as a Local Project; J.Drahokoupil
PART IV: CONTESTING NEOLIBERAL GOVERNANCE: RESISTING RESTRUCTURING IN NATIONAL AND TRANSNATIONAL ARENAS
A National Case-study of Embedded Neoliberalism and its Limits: The Dutch Political Economy and the 'No' to the European Constitution; B.van Apeldoorn
Globalization and Regional Integration: The possibilities and Problems for Trade Unions to Resist Neo-liberal Restructuring in Europe; A.Bieler


Authors


BASTIAAN VAN APELDOORN is Reader in International Relations at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands, (PhD., European University Institute, Florence). His research interests lie within the tradition of transnational historical materialism, in particular, the changing political economy of European governance and, more recently, the rise of a new geopolitics within the context of changing global capitalist social relations. 
 
JAN DRAHOKOUPIL is a senior research fellow at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES), Universität Mannheim, Germany. He also serves on the Executive Board of the Czech think tank 'Economy and Society Trust'. His publications include Globalization and the State in Central and Eastern Europe: The Politics of Foreign Direct Investment
 
LAURA HORN is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She is a member of the Amsterdam Research Centre for Corporate Governance Regulation (ARCCGOR); her dissertation focuses on the transformation of corporate governance regulation in the European Union.