Written against a background of global economic and political turmoil, including crisis and uncertainty surrounding the European Union, European Regionalism and the Left offers new critical insights into a range of fundamental problems facing the project of European integration. Issues covered include: the limits and possibilities of European Monetary Union; the impact of European regionalism on the political organisations of the European left; European regionalism and the crisis of social democracy; Russia and the limits to EU regionalism; and the contradictions of Eurocentric politics in an age of globalisation.
The book brings together contributions from international scholars drawing on a rich diversity of critical approaches to international political economy, European integration studies, European politics and social theory. Unlike many earlier critical studies of this subject, European Regionalism and the Left consciously eschews any specific radical theoretical narrative or research programme in favour of an open-ended critical engagement with the political economy of contemporary Europe. As such it attempts to open up left analyses of Europe to broader traditions of critical inquiry. -- .
Gerard Strange is Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Western Australia Owen Worth is a Lecturer of International Relations at the University of Limerick, Ireland -- .
Introduction: Global Change, European Regionalism and the Left Gerard Strange and Owen Worth PART ONE: European Regionalism, Neoliberalism and World Order 1. US Power and the Crisis of Social Democracy in Europe's 2nd Project of Integration Magnus Ryner 2. The Discursive Construction of Neoliberalism: the EU and the Contested Substance of European Economic Space Ben Rosamond 3. The Euro and Open Regionalism in the Politics of 'Permanent Renegotiation' and the International Political Economy of Monetary Power: a Critical Engagement with 'New Constitutionalism' Gerard Strange PART TWO: Europe and the Transformation of the Left 4. Europeanisation of the Left: Cooperation or Competition Michael Holmes and Simon Lightfoot 5. The Impossibility of Social Democracy: From Unfailing Optimism to Enlightened Pessimism in the 'Re-Social Democratisation' Debate David Bailey 6. The Co-option or Resistance? Trade unions and Neoliberal Restructuring in Europe Andreas Bieler 7. Beyond the Third Way: Regionalism and Socialist Renewal in Europe Owen Worth PART THREE: The Limits and Potentials of Greater European Regionalism 8. Habermas on Europe: A Critique Lawrence Wilde 9. The Edges of Europe: the 'Eastern Marches' and the Problematic Nature of a 'Wider Europe' Neil Robinson Conclusions: Critical Analysis, War of Manoeuvre, War of Position: Neoliberalism and the Prospects for a Renewed Left Politics in the European Union Ray Silvius and Randall Germain -- .