Remaking Europe: The European Union and the Transition Economies

Overview

The 1996–1997 Intergovernmental Conference and a clearer road to monetary union have paved the way for the start of negotiations for accession to the European Union (EU) of up to ten transition economies. A major watershed in efforts to integrate “Europe,” the plans to widen the EU will inevitably conflict with forces for deepening integration. Accession negotiations will be complex, acrimonious, and protracted; their outcome, in terms of the “quality” of accession, are currently unforeseeable. Focusing ...

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Overview

The 1996–1997 Intergovernmental Conference and a clearer road to monetary union have paved the way for the start of negotiations for accession to the European Union (EU) of up to ten transition economies. A major watershed in efforts to integrate “Europe,” the plans to widen the EU will inevitably conflict with forces for deepening integration. Accession negotiations will be complex, acrimonious, and protracted; their outcome, in terms of the “quality” of accession, are currently unforeseeable. Focusing especially on economic factors, this timely volume explores the key questions of widening: why the negotiations are likely to be cumbersome and contentious for all concerned, why the evolving relationship between the EU and its eastern neighbors has been less than smooth, and why considerable asymmetries exist among countries and over time in the distribution of the gains and losses for existing and new members alike.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice
This important work addresses the problems facing the formerly state socialist economies of Eastern Europe as they move toward membership in the European Union and also highlights barriers to achieving an ever closer union of European nations as the EU expands beyond its current membership.
CHOICE - G. T. Potter
This important work addresses problems facing the formerly state socialist economies of Eastern Europe as they move toward membership in the European Union and also highlights barriers to achieving an ever closer union of European nations as the EU expands beyond its current membership.
CHOICE
This important work addresses the problems facing the formerly state socialist economies of Eastern Europe as they move toward membership in the European Union and also highlights barriers to achieving an ever closer union of European nations as the EU expands beyond its current membership.
Paul Marer
No other book covers the topic so comprehensively and in so unified a fashion. The scholarship is excellent—a significant contribution to the literature.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847693238
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/1999
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Jozef M. van Brabant is Principal Economics Affairs Officer, UN Secretariat. He is the author or editor of many books and articles on centrally planned and transition economies.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Transitions and their Impacts on European Integration Chapter 3 Conditions for EU Entry—the TEs Chapter 4 IGC96—"Deepening" vs. "Widening" Chapter 5 Exchange-rate Regimes and Monetary Policies for EU Candidates Chapter 6 Nominal and Real Convergence—At What Speed? Chapter 7 Structural Convergence—Through Industrial Policy Chapter 8 Enlargement—Conflicts and Policy Options Chapter 9 The Impact of Widening on Outsiders Chapter 10 Conclusion: Toward Membership

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