Social Europe and/or global Europe? Globalisation and flexicurity as debates on the future of Europe

Antoniades, Andreas (2008) Social Europe and/or global Europe? Globalisation and flexicurity as debates on the future of Europe. Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 21 (3). pp. 327-346. ISSN 0955-7571

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Abstract

This article claims that the European Union (EU) has had a very peculiar relationship with the globalized post-Cold War economic order. On the one hand, the EU was instrumental in bringing about this order. It aggressively promoted (both internally and externally) the principles and policies upon which this economic order has been based. On the other hand, this proactive engagement was translated within the EU into a highly polarized and antagonistic public discourse that led to a serious identity crisis. In this way, it is argued that economic globalization emerged in the EU as a debate on the nature and future of Europe. After 2005, this polarized and antagonistic discourse started to change. The rise of flexicurity, as a new way of thinking about Europe's place and orientation in the global political economy, has been instrumental in this shift. The article examines and evaluates these developments and their implications for the European project.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Relations
Depositing User: Andreas Antoniades
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 15:27
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2012 10:06
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/12570
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