Rethinking European integration history in light of capitalism: the case of the long 1970s

Andry, A. , Mourlon-Druol, E. , Ikonomou, H. A. and Jouan, Q. (2019) Rethinking European integration history in light of capitalism: the case of the long 1970s. European Review of History: Revue europeenne d'histoire, 26(4), pp. 553-572. (doi: 10.1080/13507486.2019.1610361)

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This introduction outlines the possibilities and perspectives of an intertwining between European integration history and the history of capitalism. Although debates on capitalism have been making a comeback since the 2008 crisis, to date the concept of capitalism remains almost completely avoided by historians of European integration. This introduction thus conceptualizes ‘capitalism’ as a useful analytical tool that should be used by historians of European integration and proposes three major approaches for them to do so: first, by bringing the question of social conflict, integral to the concept of capitalism, into European integration history; second, by better conceptualizing the link between European governance, Europeanization and the globalization of capitalism; and thirdly by investigating the economic, political and ideological models or doctrines that underlie European cooperation, integration, policies and institutions. Finally, the introduction addresses the question of the analytical benefits of an encounter between capitalism and European integration history, focusing on the case of the 1970s. This allows us to qualify the idea of a clear-cut rupture, and better highlight how the shift of these years resulted from a complex bargaining that took place in part at the European level.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This special issue is the outcome of a project entitled ‘Rethinking European Integration History in Times of Crisis’, which received the support of the ERASMUS+ Programme of the European Union (Project number 564757-EPP-1-2015-1-FR-EPPJMO-PROJECT).
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Andry, Dr Aurelie and Mourlon-Druol, Professor Emmanuel
Authors: Andry, A., Mourlon-Druol, E., Ikonomou, H. A., and Jouan, Q.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:European Review of History: Revue europeenne d'histoire
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN (Online):1469-8293
Published Online:23 July 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor and Francis Group
First Published:First published in European Review of History: Revue europeenne d'histoire 26(4): 553-572
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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