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The Political Economy of the European Union


The core business of the European Union is the creation of an integrated European market. The scale of this project is enormous, covering a wide variety of national ‘models' of capitalism, many of which are marked by a heavy reliance on non-market institutions to govern and co-ordinate economic activity. This book introduces students to the fundamentals of European Union policy towards these national political economic governance institutions and the challenges arising from this evolving relationship.

Chapter One examines the role of institutions in governing capitalist systems. Chapter Two explores the evolution of the EU's liberal ambition over the last five decades. Subsequent chapters then analyse the development of EU policy in relation to the governance of product, financial and labour markets. What sort of restructuring has it sought to achieve? How great a challenge do EU policies present to national practices? How effective have been its strategies of Europeanisation? In short, to what extent has it effected a liberal transformation in the institutional governance of European capitalism? At issue are fundamental questions concerning the power and status of nation-states in the context of the most ambitious experiment in co-operative regional integration yet witnessed.

Dermot McCann is a Senior Lecturer in Politics at London Metropolitan University.
List of Tables and Boxes
1.Economic Governance, National Models of Capitalism and the Challenge of European Integration
2. The European Union and the Evolution of Liberal Europe
3. National Capitalisms and EU Competition Policy
4. Finance, Corporate Ownership and Governance in an Integrating Europe
5. Finance, Corporate Ownership and Governance: National System Change
6. Work and Welfare: National Capitalism and Social Europe
7. Social Europe and Industrial Relations