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The Handbook promotes the increasing diversity of perspectives employed in the study of contemporary Europe and EU integration is situated in the context of Europe’s transformations. It offers balanced coverage of political, social, economic, cultural and institutional dimensions of Europe. It includes chapters by many leading authorities: Beck, Calhoun, della Porta, Offe, Paasi, Rosamund and Tilly. Multi-disciplinary in organization, inclusive in coverage, and cutting-edge in scope, the Handbook is a landmark resource for anyone interested in European Studies.

Economic Growth and Global Competitiveness: From Rome to Maastricht to Lisbon
Economic growth and global competitiveness: From rome to maastricht to Lisbon

Member states of the European Union have gone through a remarkable transformation since the end of the Second World War. From a time in which member states were narrowly focused on their own economic growth and national strategies they have moved towards securing competitiveness in the global economy. The European Community and later the European Union have been used to strengthen those ambitions. This chapter looks at the way in which European countries have sought to deal with economic growth and global competitiveness from the start of the European integration after the Second World War until today.

In the early postwar days, many countries were ...

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