The Political Economy of the European Union
August 2010, Polity
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.
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
- New textbook introducing students to the fundamentals of European Union policy in terms of the creation of an integrated European market.
- Provides a thorough analysis of the relationships between non-market institutions and capitalist systems throughout the history of the EU.
- Presents and addresses the key challenges arising from current EU policies and strategies.
- Explores crucial questions concerning the power and status of nation-states in the context of the most ambitious experiment in regional integration yet witnessed.
- Will be essential reading for both undergraduate and postgraduate students studying the EU and European Integration, as well as students of comparative politics and political economy more generally.
Journal of Common Market Studies
"An impressive analysis of the varieties of national capitalist
models within the European Union."
Central European Journal of International and Security Studies
"A wise, knowledgeable and eminently readable account of the
development of EU capitalism. Dermot McCann's study of the impact
of EU-driven market liberalization upon national models of
capitalism and of the limits and limitations of neo-liberalism is
fascinating. The sections on work and welfare and on social Europe
and industrial relations are worth the admission price alone.
McCann's study of EU capitalism makes an invaluable contribution to
comparative political economy."
Richard Dunphy, University of Dundee
"Dermot McCann has succeeded in producing a superb book on the
political economy of the European Union. This rigorous and
extremely readable account makes a major contribution to our
understanding of the tension between economic governance at the
European level and national patterns of governance that often
challenge the EU's liberal ambitions."
Alasdair Blair, De Montfort University
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