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Architects of the Euro:Intellectuals in the Making of European Monetary Union

Dyson, Kenneth and Maes, Ivo, eds. 2016. Architects of the Euro:Intellectuals in the Making of European Monetary Union. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198735915.001.0001

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The book examines key intellectuals who were directly and actively involved in the process of designing a European monetary union that would be sustainable. Their role was distinguishable from that of the political founders and drivers of this process and from that of expert advisers. They were embedded in the process of giving substance to monetary union and gained influence through their formidable resources of character and intellect. The selected architects include Raymond Barre, Jacques Delors, Roy Jenkins, Alexandre Lamfalussy, Robert Marjolin, Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa, Karl-Otto Pöhl, Hans Tietmeyer, Robert Triffin, and Pierre Werner. The book looks at their intellectual biographies, the ideas to which they became committed, their network-building skills, and their practical involvement in the issues of monetary integration and union. The principal emphasis is on their individual contributions, their legacies as seen from the vantage point of the Euro Area crisis, and the prescience and adequacy of their views about the appropriate foundations of EMU. The book considers the strengths and limits of intellectual biography and the thorny question of the roles of structure and agency in historical explanation. It also reflects on the question of the architects’ share of blame in the design flaws of European monetary union

Item Type: Book
Book Type: Edited Book
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Department of Politics and International Relations (POLIR)
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Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198735915
Funders: European Central Bank, National Bank of Belgium, Robert Triffin Foundation
Last Modified: 27 May 2020 09:45

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