Chapter 21: From class-based project to imperial formation: European Union law and the reconstruction of Europe
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This chapter offers an overview of the historical interconnections between European Union (EU) law and the reproduction of capitalist social relations, highlighting the specific ways in which law played a role in the reconstitution and expansion of European capitalism after the Second World War. Specifically, it examines a series of key ‘stages’ in the development of EU law in light of existing Marxist analyses of European integration. Its core argument is that Marxist analyses of EU law have much to contribute to our understanding of European integration, especially its historical development and juridico-political specificity, and that they can also assist in the process of articulating strategies of transnational and international solidarity that might transcend the imperialist legacies and class character of Europe’s ‘peace’ project.

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