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In The Future of the Euro, a group of the world's top political economists analyze the fundamental causes of the euro crisis, determine how it can be fixed, and consider what likely futures lie ahead for the currency. The book makes three interrelated arguments emphasizing the primacy of political over economic factors. First, the original plan for the euro focused on monetary union, but omitted a financial and banking union, mutually supporting institutions of fiscal union and economic government, and a legitimate political union. Second, the euro's unfinished design led to economic divergence-quietly altering the existing distribution of economic and political power within Europe prior to the crisis-which in turn determined the EU's crisis response. The book highlights how the euro's four most important member states-Germany, France, Italy and Spain-each changed once they adopted the euro, why the crisis affected them so differently, and how each has since struggled to live with the commitments the euro necessitates. Third, the book examines three possible "euro futures" through the lens of the politics of its reluctant leader Germany; through the lens of the EU's capacity to move forward through crises; and through the geopolitical lens of the international monetary system. Any successful long-term solution to the euro's predicament will need to start with the political foundations of markets.

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Genre: Political Science
Author: Matthias Matthijs
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Release: 2015-03-03
File: 336 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780190233259

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With euro banknotes and coins starting to circulate as of January 2002, this timely book comes at a crucial juncture for the European Union. Exploring the origins of and progress toward the introduction of the euro, the contributors focus on the importance of economic and monetary union (EMU) as part of the larger process of European integration. Thus, chapters consider the value and limits of a range of theoretical approaches for understanding economic and monetary integration, the pros and cons of EMU's institutional design, and country-specific experiences. With an international group of leading scholars representing a range of disciplines, this book offers a broad perspective on the dynamics of EMU.

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Genre: Business & Economics
Author: Amy Verdun
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Release: 2002
File: 282 Pages
ISBN-13: 0742518841

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Drawing on more than one hundred interviews with leading figures associated with the Euro and scores of secret documents from international archives, the author underscores the Euro's importance for the global economy, in particular for U.S. and British economic and political agendas.

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Genre: Business & Economics
Author: David Marsh
Publisher: Yale University Press
Release: 2009
File: 340 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780300127300

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Merrick's season of outrageous scandal has taken a challenging turn. Caught in a--far less than usually--compromising situation with Lady Alixe Burke, this so-called gentleman is tasked by her father with making his daughter marriageable! Lady Alixe, more happy in the library than the ballroom, is most definitelyleft-on-the-shelfmaterial. He'll never walk away from a wager, but Merrick's expertise extends way beyond society etiquette. Never before entrusted with a woman's modesty, Merrick sets about teaching hereverythinghe knows...

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Genre: Business & Economics
Author: Edward B. Flowers
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Release: 2002
File: 315 Pages
ISBN-13: 074251305X

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The introduction of the single European currency is arguably the greatest financial development of our generation, yet there is still much work to be done in terms of both reaching the set criteria for member states and educating the business and financial world as to its implications. This book brings together a wide range of e×perts to address the impact of the euro on national economies, banks, money markets and investors.

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Genre: Business & Economics
Author: Paul Temperton
Publisher: John Wiley & Son Limited
Release: 1998
File: 391 Pages
ISBN-13: STANFORD:36105024329224

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This title provides a comprehensive overview of the development and design of the European Monetary Union, as well as an intriguing discussion of its prospects for future enlargement.

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Genre: Business & Economics
Author: Chris Mulhearn
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
Release: 2009-01-01
File: 256 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781848442887

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The authors offer a sustained argument that the single currency as currently implemented does not promise to deliver prolonged growth. They contend that the economic impact of the euro, and its accompanying institutions, is likely to be destabilising and deflationary; that the political impact is profoundly undemocratic and that the social consequences are likely to be deleterious. They do not reject the concept of a single currency but are highly critical of policy arrangements such as the Stability and Growth Pact which govern the euro. The authors propose alternative policy and institutional arrangements within which the euro should be embedded. They demonstrate that these would have the benefits of a single currency whilst avoiding many of the potential costs identified by detractors.

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Genre: Business & Economics
Author: Philip Arestis
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
Release: 2001-01-01
File: 152 Pages
ISBN-13: 1843766949

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Established in 1995, the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership aims to create a free trade area including 30 countries and 800 million people by early in the 21st century. This book offers an assessment of the Partnership and its aims.

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Genre: Political Science
Author: Richard Gillespie
Publisher: Routledge
Release: 2013-09-13
File: 200 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781135253820

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The Euro-Zone represents the single most important step in European Integration since 1957 and one of the boldest economic, monetary, and political projects in modern history. In this first major study, the author examines the major political questions raised by the birth of the Euro-Zone on January 1 1999 and argues for a more politically informed analysis and assessment of its nature, operation, and prospects. How does the Euro-Zone operate? What does it mean for European States and for the political strategies of governments? How is its operation to be explained? What are its prospects for stability? What kinds of policies are needed to strengthen its capacity to withstand crisis? The book stresses the ECB-centric nature of the Euro-Zone and its implications both for policy and polices in Europe and for theories of integration. The ECB emerges as a powerful 'policy pusher' and 'ideational leader', with an authority and power exceeding that of the European Commission in the integration process. Dyson examines the elated problems of social justice, democratic consent, and identity. He also argues that the Euro-Zone represents a process of transition to the EU as a 'stabilization Staten An innovative aspect of the book is its application of a strength-strain model for the purpose of analyzing and assessing the stability of the Euro-Zone. It concludes that the stability of the Euro-Zone will be strongly conditioned by three factors: how Kantian rather than Hobbesian or Lockeian its political culture proves to be, with a key reproducibility failing here on the quality of political leadership; its possession of policy interments to tackle liquidity as well as debt traps; and the speed and efficiency of mechanisms of 'bench marking, policy transfer, and 'lesson-drawing'.

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Genre: Political Science
Author: Kenneth Dyson
Publisher: OUP Oxford
Release: 2000-09-28
File: 321 Pages
ISBN-13: 0191529176

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On 1 January 2002, euro banknotes and coins were introduced in twelve EU Member States. Three more countries joined in the following years, and over 300 million people now use the euro in their daily transactions. The currency changeover was a technical success. From the very start, however, the vast majority of euro area citizens held the single currency responsible for a sharp rise in prices and a subsequent decline in their personal economic fortunes. This book puts forward convincing empirical evidence, primarily drawn from Italy’s experience, to establish whether the introduction of the euro has had a major impact on prices, and if not, why so many people believe it has. Its significance lies not only in the documentation of a historic event, but also and more importantly, in the lessons it provides, which concern the public’s understanding of inflation, the correct assessment of the effects of the single currency, and the need for appropriate measures when other countries adopt the euro.

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Genre: Business & Economics
Author: Paolo Giovane
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
Release: 2008-04-16
File: 244 Pages
ISBN-13: 3540783709

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