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Globalisation and European Integration

Critical Approaches to Regional Order and International Relations, 1st Edition

Edited by Petros Nousios, Henk Overbeek, Andreas Tsolakis


280 pages | 6 B/W Illus.

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This book explores the links between European integration and globalisation, and examines the potential for social transformation in the context of the global economic crisis and the resulting EU reforms.

Divided into three parts, this book offers both empirical and theoretical analyses of social integration, supranationality and global competition. Drawing on Critical Political Economy research, Neo-Gramscian, Open Marxist, Regulationist and Post-structuralist scholars subject a wide range of European flagship policies in matters of competition, trade and security to critical scrutiny and relate them to global political economy dynamics. Contributors examine the ways in which current global economic turbulence has affected the European Union, its membership and its adjacent areas, and determine the potential for economic and political transformation in light of the global economic crisis and Europe’s 2020 Strategy. In the emerging multi-polar world, in which the EU and the US are expected to share global policymaking with new powers, this book argues for a revised conceptualisation of European integration and its relationship with globalisation.

Globalisation and European Integration will be of interest to students, scholars and researchers of globalisation, political economy, international relations, and European Union politics.


"…the chapters dovetail nicely with those written by authors who have come to this topic more recently (Owen Parker, Hubert Buch-Hansen and Angela Wigger, Jan Drahokoupil and Martin Myant), or bring new aspects to the discussion (Werner Bonefeld, Bob Jessop, Andreas Bieler). Furthermore, the concluding chapter by Peter Nousios and Andreas Tsolakis does an excellent job in looking forward to the years ahead."Ian Bruff, Loughborough University, in Capital & Class February 2013 vol. 37 no. 1

"This book provides a highly topical exploration of recent developments in the political economy of European integration. As an edited collection, the book is remarkable in that it has a consistent focus, and analyses are drawn from similar (although obviously not identical) perspectives throughout. […] The book provides an excellent overview of these debates and arguments – providing rich empirical analysis, and insightful and nuanced theoretical elaboration and description – and will rightly become a major and lasting contribution to the field." - David J. Bailey, University of Birmingham, in Political Studies Review September 2013 vol. 11 issue. 3

Table of Contents

Part I: Explaining European Integration: Critical Approaches 1. Globalisation and European Integration: The Nature of the Beast Petros Nousios, Henk Overbeek and Andreas Tsolakis 2. The Global Financial Crisis and the European Union: The Irrelevance of Integration Theory and the Pertinence of Critical Political Economy Alan Cafruny and Magnus Ryner 3. Neo-liberal Europe and the Transformation of Democracy: On the State of Money and Law Werner Bonefeld 4. A Foucauldian Perspective on the Ethics of EU(rope): Genealogies of Liberal Government Owen Parker Part II: Supranationality and International Competition 5. The World Market, Variegated Capitalism, and the Crisis of European Integration Bob Jessop 6. The Ascendancy of Neoliberal Competition Regulation in the European Community Angela Wigger and Hubert Buch-Hansen 7. The European sub-prime? Financial crisis and the East-European periphery Jan Drahokoupil and Martin Myant Part III: Europe in the Global Political Economy 8. The Rhineland and the Heartland. European Integration in the North Atlantic Context Kees Van der Pijl 9. European Globalisation and World Order Politics Hans-Jürgen Bieling 10. Globalisation and European Integration: The Internal and External Dimensions of Neo-Liberal Restructuring Andreas Bieler 11. Global capitalist crisis and the future of the European project Henk Overbeek Part IV: Conclusions 12. The Contested Reconstruction of the Belle Époque? Europe 2020, Transnational Capitalism and the Political Economy of Global Restructuring Petros Nousios and Andreas Tsolakis

About the Editors

Petros Nousios is a doctoral candidate of International Political Economy at the University of Warwick.

Henk Overbeek is Professor of International Relations and Head of Department in the Department of Political Science at the VU University Amsterdam.

Andreas Tsolakis is an Institute of Advanced Study postdoctoral fellow at the University of Warwick and analyst at the Fundación Secretariado Gitano in Madrid.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Globalisation

The Routledge Studies in Globalisation series is edited by André Broome (University of Warwick, UK) and Leonard Seabrooke (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark).

Based in the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation at the University of Warwick (, the Routledge Studies in Globalisation series examines key questions related to the theory and practice of globalisation and regionalisation. The Series has an interdisciplinary focus and publishes research that is methodologically and theoretically rigorous and which advances knowledge about the changing dynamics of globalisation and regionalisation, global governance and global order, and global civil society.

Associate Editors:

Shaun Breslin, University of Warwick, UK

Sophie Harman, Queen Mary University of London, UK

Richard Higgott, University of Warwick, UK

Manuela Moschella, Scuola Normale Superiore, Italy

Helen Nesadurai, Monash University, Malaysia

Andreas Nölke, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

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