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Economics and Politics of an Enlarged Europe
Increasingly, policies and laws commonly agreed within the EU shape the political and economic scenarios of nation states in Europe. However, the same European context is radically changing, essentially due to three major recent developments: the adoption of the euro, EU enlargement to the east and the implementation of the Lisbon Strategy of structural reforms for growth and competitiveness. The book presents a thorough economic analysis of these three events and of their implications for both existing and potential EU policies and objectives. Carlo Altomonte and Mario Nava have written a very rigorous text in an accessible and jargon-free style, ensuring easy acquisition of invaluable insight to the European economic set-up and the possible evolution of EU policies, including an update on the reform of the Growth and Stability Pact and of the 2007 - 13 Financial Perspectives. The accessibility of economic concepts combined with the methodological rigour of this up-to-date text will be of great interest to both policy makers and students.
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"'In every chapter we have tried to offer a short historical perspective, the current state of evolution of the discussed instrument or policy, and the implications that the enlargement of the Union to 25 member states will have on the same instrument or policy in the years to come. To aid the reader, we have highlighted in bold new concepts or keywords every time we have discussed them for the first time. We have also tried to keep pace with the most recent evolutions of the EU integration process which are likely to shed their influence in the following years. In particular, in Chapter 1 the reader will find a schematic discussion of the novelties possibly introduced by the EU Constitution. The March 2005 reform of the Stability and Growth Pact is discussed in detail in Chapter 4, while the new EU Financial Perspectives for the period 2007 - 13 are presented in Chapter 6. Chapter 10 also introduces the latest evolutions in the Doha Round of negotiations at the World Trade Organisation.' - From the preface by the authors"