To what extent is business activity governed at a European scale? Since the advent of the recent economic crisis, the EU’s choices about the euro, debt ratios and interest rates have caught the headlines and highlighted the importance of EU decision-making arenas. However, these macro-economic events actually tell us only part of the story about the extent to which business activity is now governed at a European scale.
Based upon original research on four manufactured or processed goods industries (cars, wine, pharmaceuticals and aquaculture), and driven by theory that is constructivist, institutionalist and sociological, this book sets out to analyse just what Europe governs, by whom and why. In doing so, it reveals three recurrent features of the European government of industries: its omnipresence, its incompleteness and its de-politicization. The authors show that the many gaps in the EU’s mode of governing industries stem from struggles over economic doctrine as well as the continued unwillingness of many actors to accord the EU a legitimacy to act politically in the name of industrial government.
This book will be of key interest to scholars and students of European Studies and Political Economy as well as those studying Political Science, Economics, Sociology and Business Studies.
Acknowledgements The contributors to this volume Introduction: Studying the EU’s Government of Industries Bernard Jullien and Andy Smith Part 1 The View from Specific Industries Chapter 1 The EU’s Government of Wine: Switching Towards Completeness Xabier Itçaina, Antoine Roger and Andy Smith Chapter 2 The EU’s Government of the Car Industry: From ‘Harmonization’ to deep incompleteness Bernard Jullien, Tommaso Pardi and Sigfrido Ramirez Perez Chapter 3 The EU’s Government of Aquaculture: Completeness Unwanted Caitríona Carter and Clarisse Cazals Chapter 4 The EU’s Government of Pharmaceuticals: Incompleteness Embraced Philippe Gorry, Matthieu Montalban and Andy Smith Part 2 The View from Trans-Industry Regulations Chapter 5 Competition Policy: Ever present but Far From All-Conquering Matthieu Montalban, Sigfrido Ramirez Perez and Andy Smith Chapter 6 Sustainable Development policy: ‘Competitiveness’ in all but name Caitríona Carter, Clarisse Cazals, Julia Hildemeir, Laura Michel and Axel Villareal Chapter 7 Employment Policy: Desperately seeking a flexibility-security equilibrium Thierry Berthet and Bernard Conter Chapter 8 Trade Policy: All pervasive but to what end?Caitríona Carter, Sigfrido Ramirez and Andy Smith Conclusion: The EU’s government of industries, its causes and effects Bernard Jullien and Andy Smith
What is actually governed at the scale of the European Union (EU)? Some domains of societies and economies in Europe certainly seem to be, but the government of many others appears instead to take place at global, national or sub-national scales. The principal objective of this book series is to provide a sustained and structured space within which a cumulative set of books on what the EU actually governs would be published. These will depart from much of mainstream ‘EU studies’ to propose instead social science theory driven analyses that better reflect and reveal the transnational character of government in contemporary Europe.
This series of books will share a common focus and a commitment to detailed, theoretically driven but readable empirical studies. Although authors will differ slightly here, this focus postulates in general that:
The series is edited by Professor Andy Smith, Research Professor at the University of Bordeaux. All proposals for the series should be submitted either to the editor or the publishers.