9780415301756

Private Sector Involvement in the Euro: The Power of Ideas

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    9780415301756

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    0415301750

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2003-01-16
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Summary

This fresh look at how the EMU came about, challenges a number of well-established intergration theories. It shows that European integration is not only the work of governments and supranational institutions but the result of more subtle processes involving the emerging European civil society. The model on the power of ideas suggested in this book is applied to the work and impact of the two NGOs but has explanatory power for the process of European integration which goes well beyond the limits of this empirical study. This book will interest students, researchers and policymakers with an interest in Europe and its monetary union.

Author Biography

Stefan Collignon is Professor of European Political Economy at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Table of Contents

Illustrations
xi
Acknowledgements xiii
Abbreviations xv
Introduction: public consensus and EMU
1(29)
Grasping actors beyond the state
5(7)
Lobbies and civil society in the EU
5(1)
Private-sector agency
6(2)
An epistemic community for EMU
8(4)
Research on EMU: state of the art
12(9)
Liberal intergovernmentalism
12(3)
Neo-functionalism
15(1)
Models of preference formation
16(2)
Constructivism
18(3)
Consensus and the construction of social reality
21(9)
Explaining the integration process: epistemological foundations
21(1)
Desires and preferences
22(2)
Institutions as social facts
24(1)
Explaining the integration process: preference formation and consensus
25(2)
How epistemic communities create consensus
27(1)
The plan of the book
28(2)
Foundations
30(31)
The origins of the Giscard-Schmidt Committee (CMUE)
30(7)
A window of opportunity
32(3)
Learning from Jean Monnet
35(2)
A joint Grand Strategy
37(4)
An equilibrium model for European integration
38(2)
The balance of power strategy
40(1)
Institutions for monetary stability
41(1)
The Committee's ideas and activities
41(12)
Promoting the Ecu
44(5)
Historic flashback: France, Germany, and the demise of Bretton Woods
49(3)
The weaknesses of bloc floating
52(1)
The Association for the Monetary Union of Europe (AMUE)
53(8)
The need for dialogue with the private sector
53(1)
Gathering support
54(3)
Structures and objectives
57(4)
A common or a single currency?
61(33)
Hopes and doubts about the Ecu
61(5)
Business and the Ecu
61(2)
Educating the private sector
63(1)
First scepticism towards the Ecu
63(2)
The need for a political approach
65(1)
Delors' ambivalence
66(11)
New stability in the EMS
66(1)
Economic reasons for monetary integration
66(1)
Balladur's and Genscher's memorandum
67(1)
The Delors Report
68(1)
An independent European Central Bank
69(3)
Rejecting a parallel currency
72(2)
The private sector and the Delors Report
74(1)
One market, one money
75(2)
A strategy for the Ecu
77(11)
Early business views on EMU
77(1)
Obstacles to using the Ecu
78(1)
A British counter-proposal
79(2)
The study
81(2)
The AMUE's message
83(1)
A question of credibility
84(2)
The Strategy's reception
86(1)
Geostrategic accelerations
87(1)
Interrogations
88(6)
Giscard's doubts
88(2)
The UK's hard Ecu proposal
90(2)
Political sensitivities
92(2)
The crises and the Phoenix
94(50)
The Maastricht Treaty
94(20)
Pre-structing the negotiations
94(1)
Setting a date in the Treaty
95(6)
Who will ratify?
101(3)
The Danish referendum
104(1)
The French referendum
105(1)
Linking with the CNPF
106(3)
Ratification in Italy
109(1)
Pushing practical preparations
110(1)
The external consequences of the single currency
111(2)
Central and Eastern Europe
113(1)
The European Monetary System in crisis
114(15)
A short history of the EMS
114(4)
The Danish credibility shock
118(1)
The German unification shock
119(1)
The dollar shock
120(1)
The demise of the hard EMS
120(2)
EMU's loss of credibility
122(1)
Reinforced political commitment
123(2)
The problem with the United Kingdom
125(1)
Ups and downs for the AMUE
126(1)
Reporting to the European Parliament
127(2)
Preparing the changeover
129(15)
Two reports frame the issue
130(2)
An expert group on the transition scenario
132(1)
The Commission's strategic re-launch
133(1)
The Green Book's scenarios
134(3)
Pinning down the transition scenario in Madrid
137(3)
Launching communication on the single currency
140(2)
The Phoenix flies - into a new storm
142(2)
Campaigning for EMU
144(50)
The populist temptation
144(15)
European populism
145(2)
Structural transformations and populist ideology
147(1)
The single market and new populism
148(5)
Economic and political criticism of EMU
153(2)
The AMUE's communication strategy
155(4)
German dissensus over EMU
159(11)
The nature of scepticism in the German public
160(2)
The Social Democrats' problem with monetary union
162(1)
Training members of the European Parliament
163(2)
Social-democratic arguments for the euro
165(3)
The Kohl government and the CDU
168(2)
Convergence and dissent in Europe
170(12)
Eccezionalismo Italiano
170(3)
Italian adjustment
173(2)
The leap
175(3)
The Stability and Growth Pact
178(2)
Three per cent is 3.0
180(1)
French-German dissent
181(1)
Mediating across the borders
182(12)
The Sustainability report
182(2)
Broad public campaigns
184(2)
Helping companies change over to the euro
186(6)
The need for further integration
192(2)
Epilogue 194(5)
Annexe 1 Introduction 199(6)
Annexe 2 The crises and the Phoenix 205(2)
Annexe 3 Campaigning for EMU 207(2)
Annexe 4 List of interviewees 209(2)
Annexe 5 List of expert groups 211(4)
Annexe 6 List of former AMUE board members 215(2)
Notes 217(25)
Bibliography 242(11)
Name index 253(8)
Subject index 261

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