The Single European Market and Beyond: A Study of the Wider Implications of the Single European Act

The Single European Market and Beyond: A Study of the Wider Implications of the Single European Act

The Single European Market and Beyond: A Study of the Wider Implications of the Single European Act

The Single European Market and Beyond: A Study of the Wider Implications of the Single European Act

Synopsis

Since the Single Europe Act (1986), attention has largely focused on the creation of a single European market and the much hyped date '1992'. This book examines what is actually entailed by the single market and looks at the other issues and implications of the Single Europe Act. It falls into four parts and considers the economic, fiscal, social and political dimensions of the processes of European unification.

Excerpt

Recently the year 1992 has been a major focus of public attention. Politicians, government departments, leaders of industry and commerce and members of the European Communities Commission have been exhorting the public to become aware of it. Up and down the land conferences have been held to explain what it is all about and answer the question of whether we are ready for it. However, focusing on 1992 is somewhat misleading as it suggests that the completion of the single market in that year is all that is at stake. In fact, as this book endeavours to show, though the single market is a key element, 1992 has other implications. The Single European Act of 1986, which has been the mainspring of European activity, has, directly or indirectly, implications that are monetary, social, environmental, regional, technological and, last but by no means least, political and international. We ignore these at our peril. This book is designed to explore not only the single market concept but also these wider aspects.

As the editor of this book I am grateful to my colleagues, in European studies as well as economics, who have generously collaborated to produce this volume. Thanks are also due to Brenda Moore, Su Spencer, Lorraine Whittington and Joyce Tuson who have borne the main burden of getting the manuscript into its final form.

Dennis Swann
Loughborough
December 1991 . . .

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