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“The Power of EMU-Ideas: Reforming Central Banks in Great Britain, France, and Sweden”

Marcussen, Martin. (1999) “The Power of EMU-Ideas: Reforming Central Banks in Great Britain, France, and Sweden”. In: UNSPECIFIED, Pittsburgh, PA. (Unpublished)

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    This paper attempts to explain central bank reform in Great Britain, France, and Sweden with a reference to “the power of ideas.” It is argued that European macro-economic elites feel that they belong to an international macro-economic community and that they share a common belief system based on the “sound policy” concept. The international macro-economic community provides them with a sense of belonging which they will aspire to maintain through “appropriate” policy discourse and action. If there is a perceived misfit between the ideas on which the European macro-economic organizational field is built and a particular set of domestic structures, macro-economic elites will, as a result of this search for continued international legitimacy, aspire to undertake domestic reforms where and when it was not otherwise expected. However, national macro-economic elites also have a legitimacy game to play at the national level. Through their domestic policy discourse they will have to construct a fit between the domestic institutional context and a set of EMU ideas. The timing of domestic reforms based on EMU ideas, therefore, depends on whether the domestic institutional context is facilitating or constraining such an undertaking.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: National central banks.
    Subjects for non-EU documents: Countries > U.K.
    Countries > France
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > economic and financial affairs > EMU/EMS/euro
    Countries > Sweden
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 1999 (6th), June 2-5, 1999
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2006
    Page Range: p. 49
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:22

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