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 1474-449X

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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
Keywords: Flexicurity, Global Europe, Social Europe, EU, trade policy, leadership
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Depositing User: Andreas Antoniades
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2008
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2012 16:53
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/2024
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