Varieties of Neoliberalism? Restructuring in Large Industrially Dependent Regions Across Western and Eastern Europe

Posted: 28 Apr 2009

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Kean Birch

University of Glasgow - Centre for Public Policy for Regions

Vlad Mykhnenko

University of Nottingham

Date Written: May 2009

Abstract

The recent travails of the European Constitution, now Reform Treaty, illustrate the divergence of views on European integration. To many commentators and academics, European integration has come to represent the establishment of a neoliberal Europe characterized by a ‘negative’ form of integration. This neoliberalization of European economies has been underpinned by the perceived threat of globalization and global competition leading to the wholesale restructuring of European economies over the past three decades. However, this article does not assume that globalization and neoliberal integration have homogenization effects; rather, it argues that neoliberalization as a process has produced varieties of neoliberalism across Europe and not one hegemonic form of capitalism. To make this argument, the article focuses on the rationale behind neoliberal policies in different European countries, the specific strategies these countries have pursued and the impacts that these strategies have had on employment and growth in large industrially dependent regions.

Keywords: Varieties of neoliberalism, neoliberal adjustment, regional restructuring, regional performance

JEL Classification: L52, N64, O18, P51, R11, Z13

Suggested Citation

Birch, Kean and Mykhnenko, Vlad, Varieties of Neoliberalism? Restructuring in Large Industrially Dependent Regions Across Western and Eastern Europe (May 2009). Journal of Economic Geography, Vol. 9, Issue 3, pp. 355-380, 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1394141 or http://dx.doi.org/lbn058

Kean Birch (Contact Author)

University of Glasgow - Centre for Public Policy for Regions ( email )

Glasgow, Scotland G12 8LE
United Kingdom

Vlad Mykhnenko

University of Nottingham

University Park
Nottingham, NG8 1BB
United Kingdom

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