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

By Alan W. Cafruny

Arguing convincingly that mainstream thought lacks the instruments to appropriately clarify eu integration, this not easy booklet attracts upon severe political monetary idea to improve a extra finished and constant research of the approaches of integration. even though no longer claiming that states have ceded their position as _masters of the treaties,_ the individuals enhance leading edge case experiences of nationwide and transnational procedures to demonstrate the salience of trans-European enterprise networks and the primacy of neoliberalism as important organizing suggestions of the post-Maastricht eu venture.

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In order to overcome this narrow focus, we should add a concept of socd power in both its material and ideological dimensions, deriving not from political authorities, nor from the state in a narrow sense, but rather from the social forces that underpin state power. 7 The neofunctionalist/intergovernmentalistdebate, then, is strictly concerned with the form of governance, or even more to the point, with the level of authoritative decision making. One theory emphasizes its intergovernmental character and points at the limits to the process of supranational integration.

Hix demonstrates how this approach, combined with his impressive factual knowledge, can be used to shed fresh light on EU politics. ’~ However, in a polity where the commodity economic logic of the market is so central, this approach can be subjected to exactly the same critique as that directed toward pluralist political science by neo-Marxists. Indeed, since the Euro-polity is much more purely neoliberal than the polities analyzed by the pluralists of the 1950s and the 1960s at the zenith of the Keynesian welfare state, this critique seems even more pertinent in the case of Hix’s account of the EU (and, incidentally, to 28 Bastiaan van Apeldoom, Henk Overbeek, and Magnus Ryner Moravcsik’s understanding of the domestic game that generates state preferences).

This common probk‘mutque emanates from a common premise, which is that market forces are expressions of an inner rationality of human nature and constitute the realm of freedom in political affairs. Power and special interests are strictly contained in the discrete realm of (inter)state affairs. 4 20 Basriaan van Apeldoom, Henk Owerbeek, and Magnus Ryner Critical political economy rejects this axiomatic and transhistorical understanding of the interstate and market systems implied in this debate.

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