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The Rise of the Competitiveness Discourse- A Neo-Gramscian Analysis. Bruges Political Research Paper No. 19, December 2009

Bradanini, Davide. (2009) The Rise of the Competitiveness Discourse- A Neo-Gramscian Analysis. Bruges Political Research Paper No. 19, December 2009. [Working Paper]

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    Abstract

    This article focuses on the development of the 'competitiveness discourse' as an element of a hegemonic strategy on the part of an emerging historic bloc of social forces supporting an embedded neoliberal project for European integration. In the framework of a neo-Gramscian understanding of political processes, the rise of neoliberalism in Europe is viewed as the outcome of a material and ideological struggle over the social purpose of EU integration. The discursive construction of an ambiguous concept such as that of the European social model has gone hand in hand with the implementation of largely neoliberal reforms - such as the internal market and EMU - while preserving the traditional European social consensual model. The current legitimacy crisis the EU is arguably experiencing is viewed as the outcome of the relative failure of this hegemonic project to generate consensus, as it further promotes a disembedding of the economy.

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    Item Type: Working Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > political affairs > legitimacy
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > social policy > general
    Other > integration theory (see also researching and writing the EU in this section)
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    Series: Series > College of Europe (Brugge) > Bruges Political Research Papers
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2010
    Page Range: p. 42
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 18:20
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12370

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