By Alan W. Cafruny
Arguing convincingly that mainstream concept lacks the instruments to accurately clarify eu integration, this tough publication attracts upon serious political financial conception to improve a extra accomplished and constant research of the tactics of integration. even though no longer claiming that states have ceded their position as _masters of the treaties,_ the members strengthen cutting edge case reports of nationwide and transnational strategies to demonstrate the salience of trans-European company networks and the primacy of neoliberalism as significant organizing options of the post-Maastricht eu undertaking.
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It is important, however, to differentiate from the outset our critical constructivism, which is grounded in historical materialism, with what we would call liberal constructivism. 6~ In this context, constructivists have drawn our attention to the intersubjective making of social reality, at which level we also find the role of ideas. Although ideas cannot be reduced to interests, they should also not (as in idealism) be reified as existing prior to practice. I t is only in human activity that ideas are generated, and here the structural conditions in which this activity takes place must also enter into the analysis.
We conclude this chapter by outlining the basic ontological and methodological premises of this approach, which with individual variations are fleshed out in the more concrete chapters of the book. These premises can be discussed under the headings of historical materialism, transnationalism, and neoGramscianism. The chapter concludes by deriving five central propositions on the nature of neoliberal hegemony, which the contributors to this volume believe characterizes the essence of the political economy of contemporary European integration.
44 Another problem with Moravcsik’s domestic political approach is his assumption that social forces are contained within the boundaries of national 26 Bartiaan wan ApeLioom, Henk Owerbeek, and Magnus R y m states. Yet, given the centrality of transnational corporations in an era of globalization, what guarantees are there that social forces will be “contained” within the nation-state? Although Moravcsik acknowledges the transnational embeddedness of both governments and domestic groups, in practice all that is incorporated into the analysis is how international constraints created by economic interdependence affect the rational calculations of both societal and governmental The transnational society is no more satisfactory than that of national society.