Part I. The Historical and Institutional Background: 1. The Preparation of the European Economic and Monetary Union; 2. The Institutions of European Economic and Monetary Union; 3. Theoretical Foundations and Practical Interests Behind European Institutions; Part II. European Institutions in Action: 4. Asymmetries, Macroeconomic and Microeconomic Imbalances; 5. The Great Recession: How It Developed in Europe; 6. Policies and Institutions Put to the Test of the Great Recession; 7. Asymmetries, Imbalances, Signals and Incentives to Change; Part III. Lines of Reform of the EMU Institutions: 8. How to Reform the EU and EMU: Broad Outlines; 9. How to Reform the EU and EMU: Macroeconomic Instruments of the Common Strategy; 10. How to Reform the EU and EMU: Microeconomic Instruments of the Common Strategy ; 11. Conclusions. The Future of the Union: The EMU at a Crossroads.
Analyzes the roots of Europe's economic decline, examining institutions of the European Union and exploring possibilities for reform.
Nicola Acocella is Emeritus of Economic Policy at the Sapienza University of Rome. He is the author of Rediscovering Economic Policy as a Discipline (Cambridge, 2018) and co-author of Macroeconomic Paradigms and Economic Policy (Cambridge, 2016), among other books.
'This is an excellent book on the economic, financial, and institutional integration of Europe, its crisis periods, challenges and misguided directions, initiated by wrong policies. The author very competently takes on those issues and points to better economic policies for the European Union. If one wants to understand what went wrong and what should be done better one should read this book.' Will Semmler, The New School for Social Research