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The Economic Development Of The E.e.c.

The Economic Development of Modern Europe Since 1870 series
Edited by Richard T. Griffiths, Professor of Economic and Social History, Rijksuniversiteit Leiden, The Netherlands
This authoritative volume traces the creation and development of the EEC as an institution and assesses its impact on the economic development of Europe and the policy areas under its control.
Extent: 624 pp
Hardback Price: £185.00 Online: £166.50
Publication Date: 1997
ISBN: 978 1 85278 782 0
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This authoritative volume traces the creation and development of the EEC as an institution and assesses its impact on the economic development of Europe and the policy areas under its control.

The book includes a thorough discussion of the background and origins of the European Economic Community. In the early years of post-war Europe, the continuous search for a multilateral commercial agreement resulted in various plans for European commercial cooperation. These schemes were proposed less in a desire for European integration and supranational institutions, than in response to real economic problems and were the precursors to the formation of the EEC.

The next section investigates the process of creating the EEC including the road to integration of the major founding members, and the attitude of the United States to European integration.

Finally, it discusses the economic development of the EEC since 1957. It explores major themes including the impact of the Community on trade and agriculture and on competition and financial policy, as well as the effects of its own enlargement. The study ends with the steps towards closer union embodied in the Treaty of Maastricht, which signalled the transformation of the European Economic Community into the European Union.
‘. . . the first two parts contain some excellent material. . .’
– Peter Holmes, Regional Studies

‘. . . the quality of reproduction is good . . . its commendable aspect is that it brings together under one roof a diverse range of interpretations in easily accessible form.’
– Steven Morewood, The Economic Journal
23 articles, dating from 1972 to 1997
Contributors: B. Eichengreen, A.S. Milward, F. Romero, C. Young
Contents: Introduction Part I: Towards the EEC 1945–55 Part II: The Creation of the EEC Part III: The Economic Development of the EEC, 1957–92 Index