Peripheral integration and disintegration in Europe: the ‘European dependency school’ revisited

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In this contribution to the history of theory, the author reconsiders
the impact of the Latin American dependency paradigm on Europe.
The analysis does not deal with the reception of the Latin American
dependency school itself, the focus lies on elements of this school as
they were used to explain the European situation in the 1970s and
1980s. For that purpose, it delineates research networks and their
analyses of core-periphery relations in Europe. All these networks
had a critical attitude towards the old development paradigm. Some
called it development "from above" or "to the outside". A new paradigm
was to include strategic elements of a "selective spatial closure" and
"self-reliance". For many, the European integration process played an
important role in their estimates of future developments. Much of this
analysis still seems relevant and topical today. The author considers it
fruitful to take up the research agenda of the "European dependency
school", to re-define it and adapt it to altered contemporary
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81 - 98
JournalJournal of Contemporary European Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (ÖFOS)

  • 506007 International relations
  • 506004 European integration
  • 506003 Development policy
  • 502027 Political economy
  • 507014 Regional development
  • 507016 Regional economy
  • 509
  • 507026 Economic geography
  • 502049 Economic history

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