European States and the Euro
Europeanization, Variation and Convergence
Edited by Kenneth H.F. Dyson
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European States and the Euro by Kenneth H.F. Dyson
Book DescriptionWith Economic and Monetary Union, the European Union has embarked on one of the biggest projects in its history. Previous literature has focused on how EMU came into being and on the policy issues that it raises. European States and the Euro seeks to move the discussion forwards by offering the first systematic evaluation of how it is affecting EU states, both members and non-members of the Euro-Zone. It is the first book to explicitly situate EMU in the growing literature on Europeanization. It examines the effects on public policies, political structures, discourses, and identities. The book seeks to identify the scope of EMU's effects, the direction that it imparts to political and policy changes, the mechanisms by which it produces its effects, and the role of domestic institutions, political leadership and specific forms of discourse in shaping responses. In addition, the book assesses how, and with what effects, EMU is affecting key policy sectors labour markets and wages, welfare states, and financial market governance. What conditions the degree of convergence discernible in these sectors? Finally, the book seeks to 'contextualize' EMU by assessing its effects both in comparison with other variables like globalization and in a historical perspective of the European Monetary System as a 'training ground'. The book combines sectoral and country case studies with a thematic treatment by recognized experts in their fields. It moves from globalization, through EU-level changes, to member states and finally to specific sectors. The main conclusions are that EMU is most important in affecting the timing, tempo and rhythm of domestic change that these changes are experienced pre-eminently at the level of policy; that it strengthens pressures for convergence; but that different domestic institutional arrangements and discourses lead to variations in policy processes and effects and in the way change is 'framed'. In particular, whilst EMU contains a neo-liberalizing tendency exhibited most clearly in financial market effects, it is not to be characterized as a neo-liberal project by means of which the EU is becoming an economic and social space simply converging around Anglo-American market capitalism.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199250257
(234mm x 155mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 7-Mar-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Kenneth H.F. Dyson
European States and the Euro, Hardback (March 2002)
This text explicitly situates EMU in the growing literature on Europeanization. It examines its effects on public policies, political structures, discourses, and identities, and seeks to identify the scope of its effects, the directions it imparts, and its mechanisms.
Politics of the Euro-zone, Hardback (September 2000)
This book provides the first comprehensive account of the politics of the Euro-zone. It considers the implication for European states of a powereful ECB and asks whether the Euro-zone is likely to prove stable or runs the risk of breakdown.
Road to Maastricht, Paperback (October 1999)
The Road to Maastricht provides a comprehensive and definitive account of how Europe signed up to Economic and Monetary Union. The book examines the dynamics of the treaty negotiations, focusing of the beliefs, motives, strategies and use of institutions by the leading European Union players.
Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, Paperback (November 1989)» View all books by Kenneth H.F. Dyson
Small firms are at the forefront of the European economy. To develop exports and fight off imports Europe's entrepreneurs have to 'think European'. This volume guides you through the EC's special policies for small firms.
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