Globalization and European Integration



This book is the outcome of empirical research on the development and decay tendencies of the capitalist world economy since the early 1980s and the role that Europe will play in these constellations. Over these years the conclusion was reached that the logic of capitalist world development changes with the ups and downs of longer Kondratieff cycles, and that different periods of hegemony and of world political constellations, connected with these Kondratieff cycles, in turn give rise to different constellations of world economic ascent and decline. Those that hoped that world trade and open financial markets would shift incomes in favor of the poor, must now recognize that – however we look at the figures – there is a tendency towards rising poverty on a global scale, especially after the Asian crash of 1997.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. The Theoretical Framework: What can Policy-Makers Know about Ascent and Decline in the World Economy?

Chapter 3. The International Environment is Basically Unstable. A Survey of the Contemporary Research Methods for the Study of International Social Policy since 1989

Chapter 4. TNC Dependence is Causing Long-Term Stagnation

Chapter 5. The Contradictions of the Process of the Global Environmental Destruction, to which Europe as One of the Main Regions of World Industry and Traffic, Disproportionately Contributes

Chapter 6. Gender Discrimination and Sexism in World Capitalism

Chapter 7. Development or Decay?

Chapter 8. The Instability of the Transformation Process

Chapter 9. A Labor Perspective on Basic Issues of European Integration

Chapter 10. Migration and Globalization

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