The Political Economy of European Integration

The study of European integration produced much scholarly debate in the 1950s and '60s. The following two decades saw few works on European integration that included more elaborate discussions of theory and methodology; most studies in that period were fairly descriptive. In recent years there has been renewed theoretical interest in European integration. This book, however, is one of the first to discuss and apply various political-economy approaches explicitly to integration, including classical integration theory and modern public choice theories. Areas covered include common policies and decision making, as well as the external relations of the EU. The influence of the European Parliament, the concept of subsidiarity, trade policy, Economic and Monetary Union, reform of the Common Agricultural Policy, relations with EFTA and Eastern European countries, as well as enlargement, are all discussed.

Audience: Of interest to both scholars and policy makers concerned with these issues.

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List of contributors. Preface. 1: Theoretical Approaches. On studying European integration: integration theory and political economy; F. Laursen. Agenda-setting in European integration: the conflict between voters, governments and supranational institutions; G. Schneider. The political economy of subsidiarity; M. Hosli. 2: Policy cases. The effect of regional integration on trade policy: lessons from the European Community; P. Nicolaides. The political economy of CAP reform; P. Nedergaard. Economic and monetary union; F. Østrup. 3: External relations. EC–EFTA relations: a game-theory perspective; F. Laursen. The political economy of association with Eastern Europe; A. Guggenbühl. Accession to the European Union: the ultimate bargain; P. Nicolaides, A. Close.
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