- New Horizons in International Business series
Edited by Gavin Boyd, Alan M. Rugman and Pier Carlo Padoan
Chapter 6: Interregional integration: collective management tasks
6. Interregional integration: collective management tasks Gavin Boyd Atlantic structural interdependencies, because of their magnitude and imbalances, set urgent requirements for sound collective management. The deepening integration in which these interdependencies are increasing between North America and the European Union results from the independent and generally competing operations of North American and European transnational enterprises, and these are not forming a coordinated pattern of dynamic efficiencies. Market failures as well as productive functions are assuming cross-border dimensions, and are interacting with government efﬁciencies and failures. Policy-level and corporate efforts are needed to promote extensive entrepreneurial complementarities, to orient financial sectors more towards productive funding aligned with such complementarities and to improve macromanagement. These imperatives have to be affirmed with reference to very serious problems in the interactions between ﬁnancial sectors and the real economies, concentration trends increasing Atlantic structural imbalances, the USA’s high debt levels and current account deﬁcits and the persistence of slow growth and high unemployment in the European Union. Interregional policy cooperation has to engage with issues of policy interdependence, as well as structural interdependence, and the need to promote entrepreneurial complementarities, for the development of a more coordinated Atlantic market economy, has to be recognized as an advance in policy learning. Such learning has been seen to be necessary in the ﬁscal and monetary areas, as well as in trade relations, on the basis of understandings about the potential beneﬁts from interregional market openness. Advances towards market integration on such a vast scale...
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