Challenges for Europe in the World, 2030 embodies critical thinking about the long-term implications for Europe of the clear shift of power from the West to the East and the South. Designed as a multi-faceted project, this book presents an integrated assessment covering a wide range of policy areas and alternative assumptions about trends in global and European governance. In order to reach this ambitious objective in a comprehensive and consistent way, several types of quantitative and qualitative approaches have been combined: a model of macro regions of the world economy, an institutional perspective, and lessons from foresight studies. With a strong focus on policy implications, the book is introduced by an executive summary which outlines the project assumptions, especially on the future of Europe in the context of the current economic crisis and of the emergence of a new balance of powers in the global economy. Subsequent chapters cover the regulation of finance, trade and technology developments, environmental sustainability, employment conditions and population wellbeing. The book concludes with an assessment of the extent to which these developments are likely to lead to significant political changes in Europe. In sum this book challenges public policy makers to re-assess their thinking in shaping Europe’s future.
’Offers a chilling analysis of the economic dimension of Europe’s position in the world 2030. Takes a point of departure in the current economic crisis yet provides intriguing projections of what might or could happen to Europe’s global ranking under the conditions of selected political choices.’ Knud Erik JÃ¸rgensen, Aarhus University, Denmark ’An indispensable text for anyone concerned with Europe's economic future.’ Anthony Giddens, former Director of London School of Economics, UK and Member of the House of Lords 'This excellent book will provide important and novel insights for students of global and European governance, scholars pursuing European integration studies and analysing the increasing gap between elites and the general public, scholars and policy makers focusing on the challenges ahead in such fields as financial regulation and macro-economic stability, demography, employment and migration, energy needs and climate change, health, social inclusion and income inequality.' European Review of International Studies 'The contributions in the book reflect profound expertise on the mechanisms of European governance and the specific policy challenges facing the European continent in the global context. The main contribution of this volume lies in the multiple future scenario analysis, which offers political elites in Europe crucial insights into the potential future development of economic and political integration. Here this book goes much further than most existing publications, which tend to be limited to the analysis of the post-crisis EU policy mechanisms and current short-term policy challenges. This a bold approach given that the future path of the European continent and the EU as its representative organisation has become more uncertain than ever.' Global Policy Journal