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Variegated Neoliberalism

EU varieties of capitalism and International Political Economy, 1st Edition

By Huw Macartney


208 pages

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We know from the cost of the 2007-09 crisis that transnational finance does not operate in a realm removed from our everyday lives.

Variegated Neoliberalism explains why its inequalities persist and how they undermine more social-minded policies towards finance in the EU.

The book suggests that large financial groups capitalize on broader changes in capitalism and emerging assumptions about what benefits society at large. Those pushing these political-economic projects present policy change to cope with financial globalization as a new common sense. Macartney's argument then contests these assumptions through an analysis of the spatial relations of transnational actors, and the political claims made within finance and research communities.

Rather than relying on umbrella concepts like 'transnational capitalist class', Variegated Neoliberalism emphasises the national-domestic foundations for transnationalization and what we commonly understand as neoliberalism. The book provides comparative analyses of global and European banking communities, and economic research centres, in the UK, France, and Germany. It explains the constellations underpinning the current neoliberal order in global finance, and the realms of possibility for challenges to it.


‘Huw Macartney’s outstanding book represents a major step forward in our understanding of how neoliberalism has played out in contemporary Europe. It is also a very significant contribution to the growing literature on the role of ideas in political economy.’ - Ben Rosamond, Professor, University of Warwick, UK

‘Not since Kees van der Pijl's The Making of an Atlantic Ruling Class have we had such a fine-grained exploration of how exactly transnationally-oriented classes engage with states and economies in order to cement a genuinely hegemonic order. Huw Macartney has done the research, and we are the wiser for it. His argument is one that every student of the contemporary global order will need to consult.’ - Randall Germain, Professor, Department of Political Science, Carleton University, Canada

Table of Contents

1. Globalization and Financial Market Integration 2. Conceptualizing Changing Capitalisms and Gramscian Historical Materialism 3. Transnational Oriented Fractions of Capital 4. Political Agency of Transnationally Oriented Fractions 5. A Contingent Neoliberal Consensus 6. Organic Economists as Producers of Neoliberal Common Sense 7. Scientific Committees and the Atlantic Heartland 8. De-reifying the Transnational Capitalist Class 9. Conclusions

About the Author

Huw Maccartney is currently Hallsworth Fellow in Political Economy at the University of Manchester. He was previously an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice (CSSGJ) at the University of Nottingham. Finally, he is a member of the BISA International Political Economy working group and the Critical Political Economy Research Network, as well as convenor of the Global Political Economy research cluster and the Historical Materialism Research Group at Manchester.

About the Series

RIPE Series in Global Political Economy

For almost two decades now, the RIPE Series published by Routledge has been an essential forum for cutting-edge scholarship in International Political Economy. The series brings together new and established scholars working in critical, cultural and constructivist political economy. Books in the RIPE Series typically combine an innovative contribution to theoretical debates with rigorous empirical analysis.

The RIPE Series seeks to cultivate:

  • Field-defining theoretical advances in International Political Economy
  • Novel treatments of key issue areas, both historical and contemporary, such as global finance, trade, and production
  • Analyses that explore the political economic dimensions of relatively neglected topics, such as the environment, gender relations, and migration
  • Accessible work that will inspire advanced undergraduates and graduate students in International Political Economy.

James Brassett – Warwick

Eleni Tsingou – Copenhagen Business School

Susanne Soederberg – Queen’s

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