Monetary Union in Crisis

The European Union as a Neo-Liberal Construction

Editors: Moss, B. (Ed.)

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This volume presents a radical reinterpretation of the European Community or Union as a neo-liberal construction. It was neo-liberal rather than classically liberal because it was designed and used as an external instrument to weaken the interventionist welfare state that protected working people and strengthened the hand of labor. It was founded on the vision of a free market untrammelled by public intervention and worked to ensure competition, sound money and profitability against the inflationary force of workers and unions and the welfare state. Monetary union in particular restored profitability but produced slow growth, mass unemployment, and insecurity and came under challenge, most dramatically in France, by working people from below. This view is substantiated by an economically based study of member-state performance and complemented by a series of national studies on the monetarist turn by leading scholars.

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TOBY ABSE Lecturer in Modern European History at Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK CHRISTOPHER ALLEN Associate Professor in the Department of International Affairs at the University of Georgia, USA ANDREAS BIELER Lecturer in the School of Politics at the University of Nottingham, UK GERALD FRIEDMAN Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA ERICK JONES Resident Associate Professor of European Studies at the Johns Hopkins Bologna Center, USA JONATHAN MICHIE Sainsbury Chair of Management at the Birkbeck, University of London, UK

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'This is a useful study which offers a critical and original assessment of the process of European integration. Bernie Moss tackles the neoliberal roots of the European project from the Treaty of Rome onwards. He shows how the EU pro-business agenda has been sustained over time and analyses its impact on the member states' economies. This approach is further substantiated by a number of contributions on national contexts written by a group of experts. This work should be welcome by students and scholars working on the EU. It is published at a crucial time following the enlargement to Central European countries and the debate on the European Constitution. This well documented and challenging study provides key explanations to the social and economic problems that the EU is currently facing.' - Dr Philippe Marlière, Senior Lecturer in French and European Politics, University College London, UK

'This is a useful study which offers a critical and original assessment of the process of European integration. This work should be welcome by students and scholars working on the EU. It is published at a crucial time following the enlargement to Central European countries and the debate on the European Constitution. This well documented and challenging study provides key explanations to the social and economic problems that the EU is currently facing.' - Dr Philippe Marlière, Senior Lecturer in French and European Politics, University College London, UK

'This book is a very good analysis of the European venture and its remorseless drive to ever-closer union, particularly via monetary union. It brings it all down to basic economic dynamics, rather than the naive arguments for and against.' - Austin Mitchell, MP, Socialist Campaign Group News

'Monetary Union in Crisis is a timely reminder that many of the problems which the European Union faces are even more deep-seated that the current rows over the EU's Constitution and its budget.' - Councillor John Mills, Camden New Journal


Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Monetary Union in Crisis
Book Subtitle
The European Union as a Neo-Liberal Construction
Editors
  • B. Moss
Copyright
2005
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-52400-2
DOI
10.1057/9780230524002
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-333-96317-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-42755-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 324
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