Europe at Bay is a salvo in the debate about the prospects of the European Union and its role in the international arena. Challenging prevailing interpretations of EU politics, Cafruny and Ryner argue that current problems are not a result of integration per se, nor of the ""growing pains"" that are inevitable as governance gradually shifts from the nation-state to supranational institutions, but instead arise from more fundamental sources. The authors eschew an idealized narrative as they explore the limits of the EU's economic and political power in relation to the United States, and of its neoliberal social and economic policies at home. They also consider the long-term prospects for the transatlantic relationship. Their work is a provocative contribution to a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of Europe's contemporary predicament.
Alan W. Cafruny is Henry Bristol Professor of International Affairs at Hamilton College. For several years a visiting professor at the European University Institute (Florence), he has also served as a member of the executive committee of the European Union Studies Association. His numerous publications include, most recently, A Ruined Fortress? Neoliberal Hegemony and Transformation in Europe (coedited with Magnus Ryner). J. Magnus Ryner is professor of international relations at Oxford Brookes University. He is author of Capitalist Restructuring, Globalisation and the Third Way: Lessons from the Swedish Model and coeditor of Poverty and the Production of World Politics: Unprotected Workers in the Global Political Economy and A Ruined Fortress? Neoliberal Hegemony and Transformation in Europe.
The Crisis of European Union. Transatlantic Dimensions. The Failed Take-off of a ""New Economy."" The Limits of Euro-Legitimacy. In the Shadow of US Hegemony. Conclusion.