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Europe: From Emancipation to Empowerment

88 Pages Posted: 24 Mar 2013

Alexander Somek

University of Iowa – College of Law

Date Written: March 7, 2013


Marx is dead. But so is Hayek. With neoliberalism crumbling, Europeans are beginning to wonder what it is that is really wrong with the current European Union. The paper proposes the following answer: To this day, European integration has not been a process of emancipation. This shortcoming, however, is not written on the face on the Union. It requires, pursuant to best psychological traditions, a careful analysis of symptoms. One indication of the absence of emancipation is, indeed, the Union’s rhetorical embrace of empowerment.


Keywords: European Union, Communism, Capitalism, Decommodification, Empowerment

Somek, Alexander, Europe: From Emancipation to Empowerment (March 7, 2013). U Iowa Legal Studies Research Paper No. 13-16, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2172478 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2172478


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