The Disintegration of Euro-Atlanticism and New Authoritarianism
Authors: Vassilis Fouskas, Bülent Gökay
This book sets out a concrete analytical and empirical framework to understand the Euro-zone crisis and the deep disintegrative tendencies of Euro-Atlantic neo-imperialism. It explores how the authoritarianism and austerity led from above in the transatlantic world cultivate right-wing populism and racist hysteria from below, especially in relation to the global power-shift to China and other emerging economies. The authors argue that ordoliberal/neo-liberal austerity cannot reverse the decline of western economies; if anything, it precipitates their downfall and the re-launching of globalization under Asian primacy.
Greece in the 21st Century
The Politics and Economics of a Crisis
Edited by Vassilis K. Fouskas, Constantine Dimoulas
For most of the first part of the 21st century Greece has been seen as a critical battlefield for the survival of the powerful and the adjustment or extinction of the weak, as if all the historical contradictions of the global financial crisis and the eurozone crisis were concentrated in that tiny part of the world, with a population of just 11 million people and a GDP of less than 2% of that of the European Union as a whole. While the country has been overpowered by the disciplinarian and deeply authoritarian policy mix of ordoliberal/neoliberal rules, as this book attempts to show, there is hope.
The Politics of International Political Economy
Edited by Vassilis K. Fouskas
This timely book will explain, via a number of thematic and case studies, that international economics is not an independent terrain of economic activity reproducing itself throughout history, but a complex articulation of social, political and culturally determined actions that are inextricably linked. Chapters will address the role of dominant global powers in the making of global industrial and monetary relations, and, in particular, ways in which, and the degrees to which dominant economic and military powers, such as the USA, tend to shape the domestic economic environments of lesser powers after their own image.
Greece, Financialization and the EU
The Political Economy of Debt and Destruction
Authors: V. Fouskas, C. Dimoulas
The debt crisis in Greece has sparked lively debates about the origins of the crisis and policy measures to be adopted in order to fix it. The authors offer the first original and comprehensive narrative on Greece.
The Fall of the US Empire: Global Fault-Lines and the Shifting Imperial Order
Authors: Vassilis K. Fouskas and Bulent Gokay
Whither the US empire? Despite Washington’s military supremacy, its economic foundations have been weakening since the Vietnam war – accelerated by the great recession and credit-rating downgrade – and its global authority dented by the quagmires in Iraq and Afghanistan. In this accessible, punchy text, Vassilis K. Fouskas and Bülent Gökay intervene in the debates that surround the US’s status as an Empire. They survey the arguments amongst Marxist and critical scholars, from Immanuel Wallerstein and others who argue that the US is in decline, to those who maintain that it remains a robust superpower.
Cyprus: The Post-Imperial Constitution
Authors: Vassilis K. Fouskas and Alex O. Tackie
Vassilis K. Fouskas and Alex O. Tackie provide a non-partisan approach to the Cyprus issue that goes beyond the perceptions of ruling elites on the island and their NATO masters, which are historically responsible for the division of Cyprus today. Fouskas and Tackie argue that the rise to power of two left-wing parties on both sides of the Green Line means it is time to launch a serious political dialogue to initiate a post-imperial constitutional process. This is a feasible undertaking, not least because Cyprus is a member of the EU, but not a member of NATO. Short and accessible, this book aims to revive a debate in the spirit of Dervis Ali Kavatzoglou and Constantine Misiaoulis, popular symbols of a united, democratic and independent Cyprus.
The New American Imperialism: Bush’s War on Terror and Blood for Oil
Authors: Vassilis K. Fouskas, Bülent Gökay
With the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the United States’ long war on communism was replaced by a perpetual “war on terror.” The authors posit that this neo-imperialistic phase is but the latest development in a line of thought and action established after World War II. But, they say, 2005 is not 1945. Today, they argue, the United States uses its power to deplete the resources of the developing world, and to compel the rest of the world to remain dependent on American management of the global economy. Contending that this situation is ultimately untenable, they assert that the United States is entering a period of deep crisis.
Cyprus and Europe: The Long Way Back
Authors: Vassilis K Fouskas, Heinz A. Richter
The Cyprus issue has been a question of European and international politics since the Great Powers of Europe decided to sponsor the Balkan nationalisms and contribute to the fall of the Ottoman Empire. In this context, Cyprus is part and parcel of the ‘Eastern Question’ that has marred European politics over the last two hundred years and, seemingly, given the unresolved Balkan crisis after the Cold War, continues to do so. This edited collection of essays is a comprehensive attempt to set the Cyprus issue in the historical perspective of the 20th century international and European affairs by way of examining the role of exogenous actors in the domestic evolution of Cyprus politics and ethnic conflict.
Zones of Conflict: US Foreign Policy in the Balkans and the Greater Middle East
Author: Vassilis K. Fouskas
The US has several major interests in the Balkans, the Greater Middle East and the wide Eurasian zone, which determine its political and military strategies in the region. What are these interests, and what strategies are used to ensure that they are maintained? Examining the balance of power between the US, the EU and key EU states in the region, Vassilis Fouskas offers a sustained critique of US foreign policy and its underlying motivations. Fouskas argues that the major US objectives include control over gas and oil producing zones; safe transportation of energy to Western markets at stable prices; and the elimination, but not destruction, of America’s Eurasian competitors.
Italy, Europe, The Left
The Transformation of Italian Communism and the European Imperative
Author: Vassilis Fouskas
Published in 1998. Was the Italian Communist Party (PCI) a typical Social Democratic party in tune with the programmatic principles of the Second International? What is the appropriate context within which the strategies of ‘historic compromise’ and Eurocommunism in the 1970s can be analyzed and understood? In what form and to what extent has the process of European integration and the crisis of Keynesianism contributed to the transformation of the party in 1989-91? What caused the collapse of the ruling political class of the First Italian Republic? Italy, Europe, the Left seeks to answer these questions, debating conventional views and examining the extent to which the end of the Cold War has contributed to a redefinition of the Left’s identity in Italy and Europe.
Populism and Modernisation
The Exhaustion of the Third Hellenic Republic, 1974-1994
Author: Vassilis Fouskas
This book, first published in Greek in 1995 by Ideokinissi publishers in Athens, is currently out of print. It examines the notion of populism as a political strategy before and after the conquest of political power by a social-political movement. In particular, it focuses on the historical cases of the bolshevics in Russia and PASOK in post-1974 Greece.