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The Making of a Lopsided Union: Economic Integration in the European Economic Community, 1957-1992

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Project "EURECON" data sheet

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Total cost 1˙498˙451 €
 EC max contribution 1˙498˙451 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2016-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-03-01   to  2022-02-28


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW UK (GLASGOW) coordinator 1˙498˙451.00


 Project objective

The project investigates European policymakers’ views about how to make the European Economic Community (EEC) fit for a monetary union. It will thus assess the origins of the issues that are currently bedevilling the EU.

From the EEC creation in 1957 to the decision to create the euro in 1992, several proposals were tabled to improve the functioning of the EEC as a possible currency area. Five interconnected domains are crucial to achieve economic integration in a currency union, and were continuously discussed before 1992: macroeconomic policy coordination, fiscal transfers, capital market integration, banking regulation, and deepening of the common/single market. The project will provide the first historical appraisal of these proposals and debates, and identify the dynamics of political and economic trade-offs and compromises, shifting priorities, and alternative approaches abandoned at the time but recycled later. The project intertwines international, legal, political, and economic history approaches in order to provide a thorough portrait of European policymakers’ paradigms, goals, and constraints in envisioning an economic union in a changing global context. It relies on pioneering multilateral, multi-archival research analysing material from all member states and EEC institutions.

The project also intends to encourage the study of the critical influence of non-EEC and non-state actors and factors on the European decision-making level. To this end, the PI will lead a team of two PhD students and two Postdocs to explore specific case studies involving commercial banks, big business, trade unions and the evolution of economic thinking.

The project aims to link the usually insulated scholarships of European integration, postwar European history, and national histories of economic policymaking. It will shed new light on the EU’s post-Maastricht evolution and contextualise the Eurozone’s current challenges by providing a deeper understanding of its foundations.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Mourlon-Druol, E.
Debates about economic adjustment in Europe before the Euro
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From Great Depression to Great Recession: The Elusive Quest for International Policy Cooperation 2019-10-28

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