The External Economic Dimension of the European Union


The External Economic Dimensions of the European Union focuses on the broad range of recent initiatives taken by the EU to reinforce its common external economic policy in a rapidly changing environment. The prospects of the EU are increasingly interrelated with the dynamics of the world economy. In the multipolar post-Cold War economy, the EU faces many uncertainties and new challenges. The transatlantic link still dominates the EU's external relations but the cohesion of the Euro-American relatioship has been tested severely. Moreover, the transition of Central and Eastern Europe and the rise of new growth poles in Asia and Latin America have not only creates new opportunities for trade and investment but intensified international competition at the same time.
The volume is organised in two parts. Part I focuses on the competitiveness of the EU and its position in the world economy as well as on specific aspects of its external economic policies including the restructuring of the Common Agricultural Policy and the enlargement of the EU membership. Part II is exclusively devoted to the regional dimension of the external policy of the EU and focuses on the rapidly evolving relationship with the other Triad powers, the USA and Japan, the neighbouring countries and the emerging markets.
The book brings together a range of distinguished authors who analyse the wide range of initiatives from the perspective of economics, political science and law. It is a timely and essential work that will reward the attention of policymakers and interested academics throughout the world.


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Table of contents

Preface. Acknowledgements. Notes on the Contributors. List of Abbreviations. List of Tables. List of Figures. 1. The EU in the World Economy: New Policies and Partnerships; P. van Dijck, G. Faber. Part I: General Topics. 2. European Competitiveness in a Global Economy; L. Thurow. 3. The EU and Competitiveness in the World Economy: Concepts, Measurement and Policy Implications; J. Kol. 4. Enlargement of the EU: Integration and Fragmentation; F. Andriessen. 5. The Decision-making Capacity of the EU after the Treaty of Amsterdam; J. Steenbergen. 6. The Community's External Regional Policy in the WTO; J.H. Mathis. 7. CAP Reform in Agenda 2000: Logic and Contradictions; M. Keyzer, M. Merbis. Part II: Regional Dimensions. 8. Transatlantic Economic Relations in a New Era; J. Rood. 9. EU's Preferential Trade Agreements: Objectives and Outcomes; L.A. Winters. 10. The EU-ACP Relationship after Lomé; C. Stevens. 11. Towards a Pan-European-Mediterranean Free Trade Area? G. Faber. 12. The Europe Agreements from the Perspective of Central and Eastern Europe; T. Palánkai. 13. Meeting Asia and Latin America in a New Setting; P. van Dijck. 14. Managing Access to Markets: the EU and Latin America; V.V. Dias. 15. Europe and Asia: Too Faraway? M. Kagami. 16. preparing for the Future; P. van Dijck, G. Faber. Index.