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The European Union (EU) poses quite profound questions for scholars and students of the social and political sciences. This benchmark Handbook is designed to provide an authoritative state-of-the art guide to the scope of the field suitable for both established scholars and students of the EU; reflect and contribute to the debates about the nature of the field of EU studies and EU politics in particular; and explore in detail the development of the many approaches to the study of EU politics. Divided into four sections, the Handbook focuses on theorizing European integration; the EU as polity; politics and policy making in the EU; and the EU and the international system.

The European Union and International Political Economy: Trade, Aid and Monetary Policy
The European Union and international political economy: Trade, aid and monetary policy
Introduction

At the core of the study of international political economy (IPE) are two sets of questions. The first set addresses the relationships between actors in the IPE: the nature of the actors themselves, how they are arrayed, and how the linkages between them are expressed -in particular, the linkages and tensions between state authorities and other actors in international markets. The second set of key questions, which intersects with the first, relates to the outcomes of activity in the IPE: it addresses issues of authority, equity and efficiency, and the ways in which practices within the IPE contribute to the achievement of ...

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