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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.


In the comparative political economy of Europe, there is scarcely a topic more contested or controversial than the extent to which ongoing processes of integration and globalization have eroded the boundaries of market and state (Berger and Dore, 1996; Weiss, 1998). Efforts to reform markets in Europe have been ubiquitous. Even where there have been crucial needs to enhance state capacity, consolidate democracy and rule of law, and improve the functioning of public institutions, there has also been a focus on ensuring the performance and operation of the market as well. Although there has been a huge literature on the market in different disciplines, drawing on a range of methods and tools, there has been a sharp distinction between those who focus on understanding ...

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