European Bloc Imperialism


The reinvigorated debate on imperialism in the last two decades focuses on the means by which Euro-American capital is currently spread around the globe and the different ways it pillages the wealth of the developing countries. The Economic Partnership Agreements being foisted on the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries by the European Union, however, has been under the radar of the debate on imperialism. This book draws on the experiences of the Caribbean Forum-EU EPA to fill that void by bringing into focus the economic partnership agreement as a conduit of European imperialism.

Critical Global Studies, vol. 1

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Dennis C. Canterbury, Ph.D. (2000) in Sociology, Binghamton University (State University of New York), is Associate Professor of Sociology at Eastern Connecticut State University. He has published extensively on development issues including Neoliberal Democratization and New Authoritarianism (Ashgate 2005). He has been a visiting Professor in the Institute of Development Studies and Department of Sociology and Anthropology, at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana and winner of the Connecticut State University System 2009 System-Wide Research Award.
Chapter 1: Outline of European Bloc Imperialism
Problematic and Method
European Trade and Theories of Imperialism
Ten Theses on the Characteristic Features of European Bloc Imperialism
Structure of Arguments

Chapter 2: Hemispheric Settings for European Bloc Imperialism
Transition from Colonialism to New American Century Doctrine
Authoritarianism in the Service of Imperialism

Chapter 3: The Anatomy of Two Imperialist Regimes
Structural Adjustment and Economic Partnership Agreement
The “Global Europe” Doctrine
Global Europe Versus US-Led Globalization

Chapter 4: The Rise of European and ACP Blocs and US Hegemony
Some Theoretical Considerations
The EU Comes to Fruition
The ACP Group of States
US Hegemony Over the European Union

Chapter 5: The Emergence of European Bloc Imperialism
European Bloc Imperialist Backlash to the Banana Trade War
European Bloc Imperialist Stranglehold
Pushback against European Bloc Imperialism

Chapter 6: The Theoretical Foundations of European Bloc Imperialism
The Theoretical Lineage of the EPAs
Neoliberal Theoretical Foundation of EPAs
Neoliberalism in the Caribbean
The Prospects of the CARIFORUM-EU EPA
Conclusion: Weaknesses of Neoliberal Theory

Chapter 7: The CARIFORUM-EU EPA and Development Theory
False Origins of Development Theory
Prevailing Ideas on Caribbean Development
Deepening Euro-American Domination
CARIFORUM-EU EPA as a Development Strategy
Alternative Development Visions to the CARIFORUM-EU EPA

Chapter 8: The Critics of the CARIFORUM-EU EPA
European Bloc Imperialism Defines Civil Society
Reformist Views from Caribbean Civil Society
Views from the Public Sector
Critique by Prominent Caribbean Academics
Conclusion: Critique of the Critics

Chapter 9: Caribbean EPA Negotiators In the Bosom of EU Bloc Imperialism
The Caribbean Regional Negotiating Machinery
The CRNM’s Strategy against Its Critics
The CRNM in Denial of EU Pressure and Defends the EPA
The CRNM’s ‘Facts’ versus Its Critics’ ‘Fiction” on the EPA
Singing in the CRNM’s Chorus
In Further Defence of the EPA
The CRNM’s Approach to the EPA Negotiations
Message of Appreciation from the CRNM Principal Negotiator
Conclusion: Requiem for the CRNM or Reigning in the Putsch

Chapter 10: The EPA and the Food and Fuel Crises
Caribbean Agriculture: Central Issues and Neoliberal Views
Food Security Crisis and the Caribbean
Agricultural Trade Concerns of Small States
Policies to Reverse Food Security Crisis
The Fuel Crisis and Petrocaribe

Chapter 11: The Global Financial and Economic Crises and the EU-EPAs
State Protection for the Powerful, Free Market for the Poor
Financial Crisis Detonates
Europe in Crisis: The State to the Rescue
Worker-Layoffs and Social Unrest
The Efficient State and Inefficient Market: A False Debate
The G-20 and IMF State Interventionist Prescriptions

Chapter 12: The Caribbean in the Global Financial and Economic Crises
Assessing the Impacts of the Crises on the Caribbean
The Stanford Financial and CL Financial Groups
Policy Options for the Caribbean Region
Alternatives to Proffered Policy Options

Chapter 13: European Bloc Imperialism, Governance and Sustainable Development
Governance – Outline of An Imperialist Concept
Critique of Governance and Good Governance
European Bloc Imperialist Development Vision
Problems with EU Development Vision
The EU’s Sustainable Development Strategy
Sustainable Development as Alternative Development Theory
Further Critique of Neoliberal Sustainable Development
EPA: Sustainable Development or European Bloc Imperialism
Conclusion: Linking Good Governance and Sustainable Development

The book is primarily for undergraduate and graduate students, academics, development practitioners (including policy makers), civil society agencies and activists, and the general reader interested in current political economy issues.