Historical Materialism , volume 14:1 (283–297) © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2006 Also available online – www.brill.nl 1 Gowan 2002. For Another Europe: A Class Analysis of European Economic Integration G UGLIELMO C ARCHEDI London: Verso, 2001 Reviewed by A LAN F REEMAN Guglielmo Carchedi offers his readers one of the few serious analyses of the political economy of the European Community available today. Together with Peter Gowan’s dissection of finance capital in the post-Cold-War USA, 1 it is indispensable for anyone who wants to understand the twin poles of the new imperialism. Carchedi seeks to explain the European Union (EU) as a project whose aim is to re-organise and re-establish European domination over the extraction of surplus-value from the Third World in the face of a new and unilateral US ascendancy, overcoming the weaknesses of the individual nations which make it up by forming a political and economic bloc on a continental scale comparable with the size of the USA. A testimony to the book’s acuity is that although published five years ago, it addresses issues now at the forefront of debate on Europe: the response to the US’s world offensive; the world political economy of the
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