From the Firm to Economic Integration
New Thinking in Political Economy series
Chapter 4: Property rights, competition and the European Union
Linking together concepts such as property rights, competition and the European Union may seem strange. However, it makes sense because, in fact, these concepts are at the very roots of European problems. By focusing on property rights and competition, we are induced to direct our attention towards the real actors of the integration, namely individuals. Property rights cannot be separated from individuals and if we really want to understand and to evaluate the process of European economic and social integration, we have to go back to the foundation of this problem, which means caring about property rights.
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