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A Ruined Fortress?: Neoliberal Hegemony and Transformation by Alan W. Cafruny

By Alan W. Cafruny

Arguing convincingly that mainstream thought lacks the instruments to competently clarify eu integration, this hard publication attracts upon severe political fiscal idea to increase a extra finished and constant research of the techniques of integration. even if no longer claiming that states have ceded their position as _masters of the treaties,_ the members increase cutting edge case stories of nationwide and transnational tactics to demonstrate the salience of trans-European enterprise networks and the primacy of neoliberalism as primary organizing recommendations of the post-Maastricht ecu venture.

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Theories of European Integration: A Critique 19 gie, Kratochwil, Onuf, and Wendt in international relations theory, on the other hand, rightly engages the contingent, subjective, and social nature of identity formation. Therefore, it does represent a fundamental break with the transhistorical a priori utilitarian individualism of mainstream integration theory. ’ Because this dualism has diverted the attention of liberal constructivism from the manner in which the economy is socially constructed, in practice liberal economics has remained uncritically accepted.

Rather, these organizational superstructures are contingent outcomes that depend on concrete processes of struggle, contention, compromise, and osmosis of social forces. Fundamentally, in these processes the content of attendant knowledge-and ideological discourses-are formed and hence give direction, coherence, rationale, and legitimacy to the historic bloc or commodification-socialization configuration. It is against this backdrop that the works of this book understand the re-launch of European integration in the 1980s and the 1990s with reference to a shift from an international configuration of historic blocs based on Fordism, Keynesianism, and “embedded” or “corporate” liberalism to a transnational neoliberalism.

This essential Gramscian dimension allows us to further elaborate on the aforementioned dialectic of commodification and socialization. Socialization does not emerge as an automatic functional response to social disintegration engendered by commodification. Rather, these organizational superstructures are contingent outcomes that depend on concrete processes of struggle, contention, compromise, and osmosis of social forces. Fundamentally, in these processes the content of attendant knowledge-and ideological discourses-are formed and hence give direction, coherence, rationale, and legitimacy to the historic bloc or commodification-socialization configuration.

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