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Europe, Policies and People : An Economic Perspective - Sue Hatt

Europe, Policies and People

An Economic Perspective

By: Sue Hatt (Editor), Frank Gardner (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 19th April 2002
ISBN: 9780333945506
Number Of Pages: 216

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People in Europe have seen their lives profoundly affected by the policies of the European Union. The contributors to this book provide an overview of the EU within global capitalism, a survey of policies within key issue areas and a treatment of the economics of family care, migrant workers and pensioners. It concludes with an analysis of the insider-outsider dilemmas of the imperfectly united Europe. The book takes a social perspective on economic issues and is accessible even to the non-specialist.

List of Boxes, Figures and Tablesp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Notes on the Contributorsp. xii
List of Abbreviationsp. xiv
Introductionp. 1
A People's Europe: Concepts and History
From Customs Union to People's Europe?p. 11
Europe: the contextp. 11
European integration: economics or political economy?p. 12
A lesson from historyp. 15
Markets or regulationp. 16
The policy process in Brusselsp. 18
The people's Europep. 22
The people and European lawp. 23
Conclusionp. 24
Referencesp. 25
In Search of Euro-capitalismp. 27
Introductionp. 27
Definitions of capitalismp. 27
Convergence in European economic structuresp. 29
Economic supranationality in Europe and the birth of Euro-capitalismp. 34
Popular capitalismp. 37
Conclusionsp. 43
Referencesp. 44
People and Business
European Business Strategyp. 49
Introductionp. 49
Social, technological, economic and political (STEP) analysisp. 50
Strategy implementationp. 52
The impact on peoplep. 62
Conclusionp. 64
Referencesp. 64
Money for the People: Economic and Monetary Unionp. 66
Why EMU? The theoryp. 66
Monetary union: the economic impactp. 69
Monetary union in Europe: winners and losersp. 70
The process: creating a European monetary unionp. 71
The people's viewp. 75
Preparing for EMU: a comparison between Britain and Italyp. 76
Conclusionsp. 80
Notesp. 81
Referencesp. 81
The EU Budget and EU Citizensp. 82
Introductionp. 82
Relative national prosperity in the EUp. 83
EU budgetary rulesp. 84
EU budget expenditurep. 84
EU budget revenuep. 92
The overall impact of the EU budgetp. 96
Conclusionp. 97
Notesp. 98
Referencesp. 98
Protecting Consumers? Regulation of Financial Markets in Europep. 100
Introductionp. 100
The financial sectorp. 101
Regulating financial servicesp. 103
Creating a single market for financial servicesp. 108
A flawed approachp. 109
A single European regulator?p. 111
Conclusionp. 113
Referencesp. 114
Moving People and Goodsp. 116
The importance of free movement to the European Unionp. 116
Free movement - what it meansp. 117
Providing for free movement: economic principles relating to transportp. 118
The European Union and transport policyp. 122
The European Union and the deregulation of air transportp. 124
The demand for transportp. 127
People and transportp. 129
Conclusionp. 130
Notesp. 131
Referencesp. 132
Supporting Farmers or Consumers?p. 133
Introductionp. 133
The rationale for the CAPp. 134
The CAP regimep. 135
The people and the CAP: France and Italy comparedp. 137
The CAP and technologyp. 138
The MacSharry reformsp. 139
The people and the CAPp. 140
Conclusionp. 149
Referencesp. 149
People, Workers and Welfare
Caring and Working: The Market, the State and the Care Economyp. 153
Introductionp. 153
Domestic labour and the economyp. 154
Parenthood, paid employment and the welfare statep. 156
Women and men in European labour marketsp. 161
Men's and women's earningsp. 165
Social policiesp. 166
Conclusionp. 169
Referencesp. 170
People in Search of Work: Albanian Migrants in Greecep. 172
Introductionp. 172
Greece and immigrationp. 174
The response of the Greek government to illegal immigrationp. 176
The migrants' reponse to deportationp. 177
A precarious equilibrium?p. 179
The incentive to migratep. 180
Albanians in Greece: implications for the EUp. 182
Greece and the Schengen Agreementp. 183
Conclusionp. 186
Referencesp. 187
Europe's Demographic Time Bomb: The Challenge for Public Pensionsp. 188
Introductionp. 188
Types of pensionp. 190
European Demographyp. 194
The problems of current schemesp. 196
An evaluation of prefunded schemesp. 197
Pensions in Chilep. 201
Conclusionp. 202
Referencesp. 203
Conclusion: Insiders and Outsidersp. 204
Indexp. 212
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ISBN: 9780333945506
ISBN-10: 0333945506
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 19th April 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.61 x 14.63  x 1.98
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 1