Public Policy and the New European Agendas

Public Policy and the New European Agendas

New Horizons in Public Policy series

Edited by Fergus Carr and Andrew Massey

This broad and all-encompassing study focuses on Europe’s new policy agendas. It brings together international academic experts on a range of policies to discuss Europe’s place in the world and its relationship to the USA and beyond. This book concentrates on two key themes of particular salience for policy makers: the enlargement of the EU and the place of Europe in international politics. An expansive list of important policy areas within these themes is explored.

Chapter 7: Europe and the USA: Trade, Finance and Development

Paul McVeigh

Subjects: politics and public policy, public policy, terrorism and security


Paul McVeigh INTRODUCTION Since its foundation, there has been intense academic and political speculation regarding the nature of the European Union. Much attention has focused in particular on whether the development of the EU obeys the logic of a liberal intergovernmental bargain between sovereign states (Moravcsik, 1998) or whether it contains its own internal functionalist dynamics towards federalism (Haas, 1958). Aside from debates over ‘form’ there has been significant speculation also about the content and outcome of integration. A recurring theme in the literature is the thesis that the EU will develop as a ‘counter’ and ‘rival’ to the USA through the translation of its undoubted economic muscle on to the world political stage (Haseler, 2004). Often this is accompanied by an implicit belief that Europe represents a different type of capitalism to the USA, and that competition between the two regions will necessarily open up divergences on a range of fundamental global issues (Redwood, 2001). On the other hand, liberal intergovernmental theories imply limits to the process of integration arising in the control exercised over the process by European nation-states and divergences in interest between them, precluding certain integrative steps (Moravcsik, 1998). This chapter argues that these two views of the EU offer only partial explanations of the integration process. The first suggests a coherence, universality and consensus within the EU which does not exist and to which the second is a welcome antidote. There is a danger of exaggerating the strategic and geo-political impact of Europe’s undoubted...

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