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Costas Lapavitsas

The Left Case Against the EU

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Many on the left see the European Union as a fundamentally benign project with the potential to underpin ever greater co-operation and progress. If it has drifted rightwards, the answer is to fight for reform from within.  

In this iconoclastic polemic, economist Costas Lapavitsas demolishes this view.

Taal / Language : English


  • Contents
  • Ch. 1. The European Union and the Left
  • 1.1 Fragmentation and retreat of democracy
  • 1.2 The challenge for the Left
  • Ch. 2. The evolution of the EU since Maastricht
  • 2.1. Neoliberalism and hegemony in the EU  drawing on Hayek
  • 2.2. Neoliberalism and state monopoly over money
  • 2.3. Creating the euro: A lever of neoliberalism and conditional German hegemony
  • 2.4. The architectural flaws of the euro
  • 2.5. The broader context of conditional German hegemony
  • Ch. 3. The ascendancy of Germany and the division of Europe
  • 3.1. A distinctive financialised economy
  • 3.2. The defeat of German labour in the 1990s
  • 3.3. The competitive advantage of Germany and the creation of the Southern periphery
  • 3.4. The unstable core of the EMU and the Central European periphery
  • Ch. 4. The Eurozone crisis: Class interests and hegemonic power
  • 4.1. Crisis erupts
  • 4.2. Imposing a neoliberal agenda
  • 4.3. An unstable and fraught equilibrium
  • Ch. 5. Greece in the iron trap of the euro
  • 5.1 The proximate causes of the Greek crisis
  • 5.2 Long-term weaknesses of the Greek economy
  • 5.3. The lenders impose bail-outs and bring disaster
  • 5.4. Class and national interests in the Greek disaster
  • 5.5 The political debacle of SYRIZA
  • Ch. 6. Seeking democracy, sovereignty, and socialism
  • 6.1. Democracy and sovereignty in the EU, once again
  • 6.2 The impossibility of radical reform
  • 6.3. A class-based stance for the Left
  • 6.4. What to do?
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184 pagina's
Januari 2018
358 gram
220 x 139 x 19 mm
Polity Pr gb

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