A Strategy for International Competitiveness and Social Cohesion
Edited by Maria João Rodrigues
Acknowledgements This book presents the main outcomes of a prolonged and complex interaction between the scientiﬁc and the political agenda at the European level. Two kinds of outcome have emerged: new theoretical issues and a longterm strategy for the European Union. This interaction was made possible by a new kind of alliance between the intellectual community and the political community which respected their autonomy and was fostered by some mediators belonging to both, as in my case as coordinator of this process. Therefore my ﬁrst acknowledgements go to Prime Minister António Guterres who, from the outset, had the vision and the ambition to launch an extensive process for long-term thinking and decision, involving his colleagues, heads of state and prime ministers; enthusiastic contributions were received from all of them which, subsequently, gave the impetus to the hundreds of contributions which followed from political bodies and civil society in Europe. A very important contribution also came from the various members of the Portuguese government who ‘spread the word’ on behalf of the Presidency of the European Union. In our various tours of capitals we have nearly always received very positive feedback. My second acknowledgements go to my colleagues, and now friends, authors of this book who understood the magnitude of the opportunity and of the challenge from the beginning and committed themselves to preparing their own contribution and to exposing their own ideas to a large and diversiﬁed public. I want to stress the privilege of having their...
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