By Alan W. Cafruny
Arguing convincingly that mainstream thought lacks the instruments to effectively clarify eu integration, this demanding e-book attracts upon serious political fiscal idea to enhance a extra finished and constant research of the tactics of integration. even supposing no longer claiming that states have ceded their function as _masters of the treaties,_ the members increase leading edge case experiences of nationwide and transnational tactics to demonstrate the salience of trans-European enterprise networks and the primacy of neoliberalism as imperative organizing ideas of the post-Maastricht eu undertaking.
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Extra info for A Ruined Fortress?: Neoliberal Hegemony and Transformation in Europe
The basic point made here is that the notion of discrete, or nested, political arenas, B la Singer’s49discrete levels of analysis, no longer makes sense since policy initiation, decision making and implementation, and adjudication in the contemporary EU implies an interconnection of the subnational, national, and supranational levels. , supranational or intergovemmental) to be privileged, but by accounting for exactly how levels are con- Theories of European Integration: A Critique 27 nected in complex ways so as to constitute networks of governance.
As such, this theory has no tools to conceptualize, let alone explain, any social purpose underlying European integration. At the most, interdependence is introduced as a condition with which these states had to contend. But this invocation is rather abstract. The meaning of interdependence is not discussed, nor is there an elaboration of what interdependence might mean for the assumption of anarchy that underpins this interstate perspective in the first place. In contrast to intergovemmentalism, supranational and transnational actors are given central importance within the rival perspective of supranationalism.
2. Following this, we must take into account the phasing of the process of global restructuring and the neoliberal ascendancy. 94I t seems useful to distinguish three distinct moments in the trajectory of neoliberalism, namely: Neoliberalism as a deconstructive project, in which neoliberalism emerges as the concept with the most convincing analytical and prescriptive framework of the crisis of Keynesianism and defeats corporate liberalism and social democracy in one country after another. Neoliberalism as a constructive project, or the phase of the imposition of structural adjustment, liberalization, deregulation, and privatization; corporate liberalism is discredited, no new alternative can be articulated, and the tenets of neoliberalism are increasingly accepted as valid and legitimate.