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


  • Antoniades, Andreas


This paper 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 paper examines and evaluates these developments and their implications for the European project.

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  • Antoniades, Andreas, 2009. "Social Europe and/or global Europe? Globalization and flexicurity as debates on the future of Europe," MPRA Paper 28871, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:28871

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    1. Alasdair R. Young, 2007. "Trade Politics Ain't What It Used to Be: The European Union in the Doha Round," Journal of Common Market Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 45, pages 789-811, November.
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    4. Andreas Bieler, 2003. "European integration and eastward enlargement: the widening and deepening of neo-liberal restructuring in Europe," Queen's Papers on Europeanisation p0041, Queens University Belfast.
    5. Antoniades, Andreas, 2006. "Examining facets of the hegemonic: the globalisation discourse in Greece and Ireland," MPRA Paper 28869, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    1. Gabriela Marchis, 2013. "Is there an Amazing Way to Deal with the Crisis of EU Integration?," Acta Universitatis Danubius. OEconomica, Danubius University of Galati, issue 9(4), pages 462-472, August.

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    European Union; narratives; identity; globalisation; flexicurity; global Europe; international leadership; anglo-saxon model; continental model;

    JEL classification:

    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration
    • F59 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy - - - Other
    • O21 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Development Planning and Policy - - - Planning Models; Planning Policy
    • O52 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Europe


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