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European regionalism and the left$
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Gerard Strange and Owen Worth

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719085734

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719085734.001.0001

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Conclusions: critical analysis, war of manoeuvre, war of position – neoliberalism and the prospects for a renewed Left politics in the EU

Conclusions: critical analysis, war of manoeuvre, war of position – neoliberalism and the prospects for a renewed Left politics in the EU

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European regionalism and the left
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Ray Silvius

Randall Germain

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719085734.003.0011

In view of the global financial crisis and its impact on Europe, this chapter reflects back on the different contributions to the book to distil a set of unifying themes around which future critical research on the political economy of Europe, as well as progressive left political interventions, can build. Ideas, political parties and social movements, the key themes of the book, yield a deep sociological classification from which to understand left politics in and of Europe and its capacity for renewal. Within this framework, the contested role of neoliberalism, as the ‘central ideational glue of global capitalism’, emerges as the overarching theoretical and practical concern. But global crisis and its dramatic impact on Europe signals the need to revisit, clarify and refine left critical theorisations of Europe especially as developed around the conceptual framework of global ‘new constitutionalism’. While this framework has offered much that is of lasting value in advancing critical thinking, its very strength has also been a barrier to understanding Europe and the IPE and the immanent possibilities for transformation. ‘New constitutionalism’ has overestimated the ability of neoliberalism to mobilise policy consensus and ‘capture’ the levers of global power.

Keywords:   new constitutionalism, globalisation, the left, Europe, critical theory

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