The Economics of Europe and the European Union

The Economics of Europe and the European Union

by Larry Neal
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521864518

ISBN-13: 9780521864510

Pub. Date: 03/19/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This distinctive textbook combines comprehensive coverage of the key policy areas of the European Union with analysis of individual countries, including the recent accession countries and Turkey. Part I analyzes the economic bases for the rise of the European Union from its origins in the post-World War II recovery to its historic enlargement in 2004. Part II takes up

Overview

This distinctive textbook combines comprehensive coverage of the key policy areas of the European Union with analysis of individual countries, including the recent accession countries and Turkey. Part I analyzes the economic bases for the rise of the European Union from its origins in the post-World War II recovery to its historic enlargement in 2004. Part II takes up the different nation-state perspectives on the EU's economic policies by looking in turn at all European countries, whether members of the EU or not. The book is unique in providing both an EU perspective and a European nation-state perspective on the major policy issues which have arisen since the end of World War II, as well as putting the economic analysis into a historical narrative which emphasizes the responses of policy-makers to external shocks such as the Cold War, oil shocks, German reunification, and the collapse of the Soviet Union.

About the Author:
Larry Neal is a Research Associate at NBER and Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he was founding Director of the European Union Center

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521864510
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/19/2007
Pages:
456
Product dimensions:
6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 1.18(d)

Table of Contents


List of figures     ix
List of tables     xiii
List of boxes     xv
The economics of the European Union
Old Europe, new Europe: the role of the European Union     3
A dispute over origins: the European view versus the American perspective     22
The customs union and the diversion of trade     41
The Common Agricultural Policy and reforms: feeding Europe and then some     64
The euro: the ultimate currency reform?     94
The European Central Bank in action     115
The single market: from eliminating non-tariff barriers to enforcing competition     128
The single market in labor: from refugees to Schengen     143
The single market in capital: from Bretton Woods to Maastricht     158
The EU inside and out: regional policy and development aid     171
The EU: the other economic superpower?     186
The economies of Europe
Germany: problems with reunification     201
France: problems with assimilation     230
The United Kingdom: after Thatcher, what next?     255
Italy: political reform versus economic reform     291
The small open countries: free trade or customs union?     313
The Scandinavian union: or separate ways?     328
Thelatecomers: lessons in preparation     348
The newcomers: building institutions     374
The future members: customs union as substitute or stage one for the EU     400
Suggestions for further reading     418
Index     430

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