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The Left against Europe? A critical engagement with new constitutionalism and structural dependence theory

Strange, Gerard (2006) The Left against Europe? A critical engagement with new constitutionalism and structural dependence theory. Government and Opposition, 41 (2). pp. 197-229. ISSN 1477-7053

Full content URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1477-7053.2006.00176.x

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This article offers a critical engagement with two important strands of left theorizations of European Union integration and globalization, namely, 'new constitutionalism' (a sub-form of neo-Gramscian analysis) and 'structural dependence' theory (rooted in a more orthodox Marxist approach). These approaches suffer, respectively, from an uncritical or one-sided approach to constitutionalism and competitiveness; and from a theoretical conflation of national with regional political economy. While new constitutionalism under-theorizes regionalism partly because of its implicit 'methodological nationalism' and attachment to the ethics of national political economy, structural dependence theory neglects regionalism in pursuing a highly pessimistic structuralist approach to globalization

Additional Information:This article offers a critical engagement with two important strands of left theorizations of European Union integration and globalization, namely, 'new constitutionalism' (a sub-form of neo-Gramscian analysis) and 'structural dependence' theory (rooted in a more orthodox Marxist approach). These approaches suffer, respectively, from an uncritical or one-sided approach to constitutionalism and competitiveness; and from a theoretical conflation of national with regional political economy. While new constitutionalism under-theorizes regionalism partly because of its implicit 'methodological nationalism' and attachment to the ethics of national political economy, structural dependence theory neglects regionalism in pursuing a highly pessimistic structuralist approach to globalization
Keywords:European Union
Subjects:L Social studies > L241 European Union Politics
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:708
Deposited On:13 Jul 2007

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