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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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Habermas on Europe: a critique

Habermas on Europe: a critique

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European regionalism and the left

Lawrence Wilde

Manchester University Press

Jurgen Habermas is one of a number of left-leaning social theorists who have talked enthusiastically about the prospects of a European Union as a potential basis for a socialist model ‘alternative’ to global neoliberalism. This chapter supports his goal, but rejects the idea that a form of civic solidarity allegedly developed at national level should be extended to the European sphere. A new European polity may play a progressive role, but only when social movements push it to implement social regulation against the resistance of international capital and its administrative elites.

Keywords:   Habermas, civic solidarity, global neoliberalism, social movements

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