Arguing convincingly that mainstream theory lacks the tools to adequately explain European integration, this challenging book draws upon critical political economic theory to develop a more comprehensive and consistent analysis of the processes of 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.
Alan W. Cafruny is Henry Platt Bristol Professor of International Affairs at Hamilton College. Magnus Ryner is a lecturer in the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK.
Introduction: The Study of European Integration in the Neoliberal Era Alan W. Cafruny and Magnus Ryner Part I: The European Union and Neoliberal Hegemony Chapter 1: Theories of European Integration: A Critique Bastiaan van Appeldoorn, Henk Overbeek, and Magnus Ryner Chapter 2: A Neo-Gramscian Approach to European Integration Stephen Gill Chapter 3: Structure and Process in Transnational European Business Otto Holman and Kees van der Pijl Chapter 4: The Geopolitics of U.S. Hegemony in Europe: From the Breakup of Yugoslavia to the War in Iraq Alan W. Cafruny Part II: Neoliberal Hegemony and the State Chapter 5: The Political Economy of Exchange Rate Commitments: Italy, the United Kingdom, and the Process of European Monetary Integration Leila Simona Talani Chapter 6: Diminishing Expectations: The Strategic Discourse of Globalization in the Political Economy of New Labour Colin Hay and Matthew Watson Chapter 7: The Changing Political Economy of France: Dirigisme Under Duress Ben Clift Chapter 8: Disciplinary Neoliberalism, Regionalization, and the Social Market in German Restructuring Magnus Ryner Part III: The European Union beyond Neoliberalism? Chapter 9: "Competitive Restructuring" and Industrial Relations within the European Union: Corporatist Involvement and Beyond Hans-Jurgen Bieling and Thorsten Schulten Chapter 10: Cultural Policy and Citizenship in the European Union: An Answer to the Legitimation Problem? Giles Scott-Smith Chapter 11: Europe, the United States, and Neoliberal (Dis)Order: Is There a Coming Crisis of the Euro? Alan W. Cafruny