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The Euro crisis: a historical perspective

Mourlon-Druol, Emmanuel (2011) The Euro crisis: a historical perspective. IDEAS reports - strategic updates, Kitchen, Nicholas (ed.) SU007. LSE IDEAS, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

In this research report IDEAS explores the current euro crisis by looking at the debates preceding the conception of the euro. How can the early days of EU monetary cooperation help us understand today's predicament? And what lessons can we draw from them for the euro? Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol is Pinto Fellow at LSE IDEAS. Today's debates about the viability of the eurozone bear a striking resemblance with those about the creation of a European single currency in the late twentieth century. The early steps of European monetary cooperation, the negotiations over the creation of the European Monetary System (EMS), those over the creation of the euro, as well as the other plans suggested which eventually failed (the proposal for a European parallel currency for instance), help us better understand the challenges that the euro faces today. Many of the issues at stake then are indeed still central to debates now. The question of the transfer of resources from richer to poorer member states, the adoption of a German-inspired interpretation of monetary policy, to take but two examples, are issues that anyone reading today's newspapers will be familiar with. This paper argues that looking at these past debates do not just provide an insight into the past – but also helps us better understand our current predicament.

Item Type: Monograph (Report)
Official URL: http://www2.lse.ac.uk/IDEAS/Home.aspx
Additional Information: © 2011 The Author
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Journal of Economic Literature Classification System: F - International Economics > F3 - International Finance > F33 - International Monetary Arrangements and Institutions
F - International Economics > F5 - International Relations and International Political Economy > F59 - International Relations and International Political Economy: Other
Sets: Research centres and groups > LSE IDEAS
Collections > Economists Online
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: SU007
Date Deposited: 14 May 2012 15:45
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/43647/

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