This book analyzes Italy's policy toward European monetary integration from the creation of the European Economic Community (EEC) in 1957 to the final stage of Economic and Monetary Union in 1999 and the first five years thereafter. It is argued that 'ideas,' in the form of 'policy paradigms,' are crucial in framing the member states' trajectories in the European Union (EU) and are therefore core components of the process of Europeanization.
Lucia Quaglia is Lecturer at the University of Bristol, England.
List of Abbreviations; Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; 2. Ideas, Institutions and Interests; 3. The Early Decades of European Monetary Cooperation: Italy as an Ambivalent Partner; 4. From the EMS to the TEU: Italy as an Eager Partner; 5. From the TEU to the Final Stage of the EMU: Italy as an Unsolicited Partner; 6. The Final Stage of EMU: Italy in the Eurozone; 7. Conclusions; Appendix: List of Interviewees; Bibliography; Index.