Industries in Europe

Industries in Europe

Competition, Trends and Policy Issues

Edited by Peter Johnson

This important book, a successor volume to European Industries, brings together a number of in-depth and authoritative studies of key European industries, providing fascinating insights into their nature and characteristics.

Preface

Edited by Peter Johnson

Subjects: economics and finance, industrial economics

Extract

This book is a successor volume to European Industries: Structure, Conduct and Performance (Peter Johnson, ed., Edward Elgar Publishing, 1993). Although it contains mostly new material, and although the industrial coverage and team of contributors have both changed substantially, the book retains the two objectives of its predecessor. The first is to provide authoritative chapter-length studies on some important industries in Europe. These studies will be of particular value to readers seeking an introduction to an industry, but they will also be helpful as a guide to more detailed work. The second purpose is to offer case study material on various aspects of industrial activity. This material will provide empirical illustrations of some of the theoretical issues considered in courses on industrial organisation and related subjects. Each chapter has been written from a European perspective. ‘Europe’ has mostly been defined in terms of the current (May 2002) fifteen full members of the European Union (EU). However, in a number of chapters this definition is not the most appropriate, so in these cases a more flexible approach to coverage has been adopted. Several considerations governed the choice of industries, although an underlying objective was to illustrate the wide variety of industrial characteristics and activities within the EU. A starting point for selection was the aim to include activities that covered the whole industrial classification. The primary, secondary and tertiary sectors are therefore all represented. Secondly, efforts have been made to cover industries that illustrate a range...