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Euros and Europeans : Monetary Integration and the European Model of Society - Andrew Martin

Euros and Europeans

Monetary Integration and the European Model of Society

By: Andrew Martin (Editor), George Ross (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st October 2004
ISBN: 9780521543637
Number Of Pages: 398

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Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) is one of the most important developments in modern European politics. Building on two decades of monetary integration it transfers monetary policy, a core function of the modern state, to an independent European Central Bank (ECB) and limits member states' fiscal policy discretion. The ECB insists that growth and employment depend on 'flexibilizing' Europe's labor markets through deep reforms of the social policies and employment relations which comprise the 'European social model'. Member states retain authority over these areas at the heart of national politics, but how will EMU affect the domestic politics of institutional change? Will EMU reinforce de-regulation and retrenchment or will it facilitate reforms that maintain the protections against economic insecurity, inequality, and unilateral employer power the European model has provided? To address these questions, a transatlantic team of leading experts analyzes the evolving tensions between monetary integration and national social policies.

'For those interested in the development of the EU it is essential reading.' The Sprout

Introduction
The EMU macroeconomic policy regime and the European social model
Shaping a polity in an Economic and Monetary Union: the EU in comparative perspective
Monetary integration and the French model
EMU and German welfare capitalism
Maastricht to modernization: EMU and the Italian social state
Constraint or motor? Monetary integration and the construction of a social model in Spain
The Netherlands: monetary integration and the polder model
Belgium: monetary integration and precarious federalism
The political dynamics of external empowerment: the emergence of EMU and the challenge to the European social model
Welfare reform in the shadow of EMU
Industrial relations in EMU: are re-nationization and Europeanization two sides of the same coin?
Conclusion
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ISBN: 9780521543637
ISBN-10: 0521543630
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 398
Published: 1st October 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.63