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The left case against the EU /

by Lapavitsas, Costas.
Type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Cambridge, UK ; Medford, MA, USA : Polity, 2019Description: viii, 184 pages ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9781509531059; 150953105X; 9781509531066; 1509531068.Subject(s): European Union | Political parties -- European Union countries | Neoliberalism -- European Union countries | Right and left (Political science) -- European Union countries | Ideology -- European Union countries | Sovereignty | This contribution to Bissell Library was made by the George B. Zotiades Memorial Fund
Contents:
Ch. 1. The European Union and the left. Fragmentation and retreat of democracy -- The challenge for the left -- Ch. 2. The evolution of the EU : from Maastricht to now. Neoliberalism and hegemony in the EU, drawing on Hayek -- Neoliberalism and state monopoly over money -- Creating the euro : a lever of neoliberalism and conditional German hegemony -- The "architectural flaws" of the euro -- The broader context of conditional German hegemony -- Ch. 3. The ascendancy of Germany and the division of Europe. A distinctive financialized economy -- The defeat of German labour in the 1990s -- The competitive advantage of Germany and the creation of the southern periphery -- The unstable core of the EMU and the central European periphery -- Ch. 4. The eurozone crisis : class interests and hegemonic power. The crisis erupts -- Imposing a neoliberal agenda -- An unstable and fraught equilibrium -- Ch. 5. Greece in the iron trap of the euro. The proximate causes of the Greek crisis -- Long-term weaknesses of the Greek economy -- The lenders impose bail-outs and bring disaster -- Class and national interests in the Greek disaster -- The political debacle of SYRIZA -- Ch. 6. Seeking democracy, sovereignty, and socialism. Democracy and sovereignty in the EU, once again -- The impossibility of radical reform -- A class-based stance for the left -- What is the left to do?
Summary: This book is about the European Union's response to the eurozone crisis, which the author argues demonstrates its ultimate transformation into a neoliberal citadel that institutionally embeds austerity, privatization, and wage cuts. Concurrently, the rise of German hegemony has divided the EU into an unstable core and dependent peripheries.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Ch. 1. The European Union and the left. Fragmentation and retreat of democracy -- The challenge for the left -- Ch. 2. The evolution of the EU : from Maastricht to now. Neoliberalism and hegemony in the EU, drawing on Hayek -- Neoliberalism and state monopoly over money -- Creating the euro : a lever of neoliberalism and conditional German hegemony -- The "architectural flaws" of the euro -- The broader context of conditional German hegemony -- Ch. 3. The ascendancy of Germany and the division of Europe. A distinctive financialized economy -- The defeat of German labour in the 1990s -- The competitive advantage of Germany and the creation of the southern periphery -- The unstable core of the EMU and the central European periphery -- Ch. 4. The eurozone crisis : class interests and hegemonic power. The crisis erupts -- Imposing a neoliberal agenda -- An unstable and fraught equilibrium -- Ch. 5. Greece in the iron trap of the euro. The proximate causes of the Greek crisis -- Long-term weaknesses of the Greek economy -- The lenders impose bail-outs and bring disaster -- Class and national interests in the Greek disaster -- The political debacle of SYRIZA -- Ch. 6. Seeking democracy, sovereignty, and socialism. Democracy and sovereignty in the EU, once again -- The impossibility of radical reform -- A class-based stance for the left -- What is the left to do?

This book is about the European Union's response to the eurozone crisis, which the author argues demonstrates its ultimate transformation into a neoliberal citadel that institutionally embeds austerity, privatization, and wage cuts. Concurrently, the rise of German hegemony has divided the EU into an unstable core and dependent peripheries.

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