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European States and the Euro 9780199250264

European States and the Euro

Europeanization, Variation, and Convergence

ISBN-10: 019925026X
ISBN-13: 9780199250264
PUBLISHER: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
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Product Description: With 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 offeringthe 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 sectors34labour markets and wages, welfare states, and financial market governance. What conditions the degree of convergence discerniblein 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 athematic 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 change34that these changes are experienced pre-eminently at the level of policy; that it strengthens pressures for convergence; but that different domestic institutional arrangements anddiscourses 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 isbecoming an economic and social space simply converging around Anglo-American market capitalism.

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