The European Productivity Agency and Transatlantic Relations, 1953-1961

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In this volume, Boel (languages and intercultural studies, U. of Aalborg, Denmark) provides a history and analysis of the aims and practical results of the European Productivity Agency, which was created as part of the Marshall Plan. Rather than an economic study, this is a political one, which focuses on the Agency's history and impact, on European perceptions of the US, the function of intergovernmental organizations, and the specific histories and results of the Agency's proposals and activities in individual ...
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Overview

In this volume, Boel (languages and intercultural studies, U. of Aalborg, Denmark) provides a history and analysis of the aims and practical results of the European Productivity Agency, which was created as part of the Marshall Plan. Rather than an economic study, this is a political one, which focuses on the Agency's history and impact, on European perceptions of the US, the function of intergovernmental organizations, and the specific histories and results of the Agency's proposals and activities in individual European countries. Not indexed. Distributed in the US by ISBS. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7
Introduction 9
Ch. I American Technical Assistance to Western Europe, 1948-53 21
A American Initiatives 21
B European Policies 35
C The Moody Negotiations 39
D Europeanization of the Productivity Drive: Creation of the EPA 42
Ch. II A Short History of the EPA, 1953-61 61
A A Chaotic Start (1953-54) 61
B The EPA Back on Track (1954-56) 64
C The Swiss Crisis (1956-57) 68
D In Search of a Role (1958-60) 73
E The Winding Up of the EPA (1960-61) 81
Ch. III An Operational Agency of the OEEC 93
A An Operational Body 93
B A Branch of the OEEC 96
C Working Procedures 105
D Administration 108
Ch. IV An American Aid Agency 115
A The US and the Financial Resources of the EPA 115
B The US and the EPA's Program 123
Ch. V A European Federator 135
A The National Productivity Centers 136
B Clash of Visions: Leader or Clearing House? 139
C The Amended Constitution of the EPA: An Illusory Compromise 142
D The Battle Goes On 145
Ch. VI A Tripartite Organization? 149
A America's Labor Policy in the 1950s and the EPA 149
B The Advisory Board 154
C "Dividing the Cake" Between Labor and Management 161
D Labor and the EPA's Trade Union Policy 165
E The EPA's Trade Union Activities 173
F Impact of the EPA's Activities 180
Ch. VII The EPA and Management Education 185
Ch. VIII The EPA and Development Aid: The Pilot Area in Sardinia 199
A The EPA's Assistance to Areas in the Process of Economic Development 199
B Origins of the Sardinian Pilot Project 207
C The Sardinian Pilot Project, 1957-62 208
D Activities 214
E Handicaps 217
F Impact Outside the Pilot Area 218
Ch. IX Impact of the EPA's Activities 221
A The Projects 221
B Assessing the Impact 226
C The Countries' Perceptions 233
Conclusion 249
List of Abbreviations and Acronyms 253
Bibliography 261
Appendices 285
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