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Big Business and the European Union: Asserting the Role of the Private Sector in Regional Integration

Dates:
  • Wed 23 Jan 2019 15.00 - 16.30
  Add to Calendar 2019-01-23 15:00 2019-01-23 16:30 Europe/Paris Big Business and the European Union: Asserting the Role of the Private Sector in Regional Integration

Multinational corporations surged in number, size, and power during the second half of the twentieth century, at the same time that European countries progressively joined together to form first an economic community, then a European Union. Moreover, big business proved itself to be one of the most vocal proponents of – and active participants in – the process of European integration. Yet, the private sector has been largely absent from integration scholarship, which has focused instead on the primacy of nation states. This seminar will examine the role of big business in the process of European integration. It will begin with a discussion of the convergent interests of big business and the European Commission during the crucial decades of the 1970s and 1980s when European firms, feeling the pressure of globalization, appealed to Brussels for support in their efforts to remain competitive. This convergence positioned business elites to set the agenda for the Commission’s efforts to relaunch the single market program in the 1980s (Cowles, 1995). But the contributions of business to the integration process extended far beyond organized interest influence. This seminar will make a case for big businesses as highly instrumental actors in European integration by analyzing the ways in which corporate behavior and strategy within the region, especially through subsidiaries and supply chains, inadvertently shaped the common market.

Sala del Torrino - Villa Salviati- Castle DD/MM/YYYY
  Sala del Torrino - Villa Salviati- Castle

Multinational corporations surged in number, size, and power during the second half of the twentieth century, at the same time that European countries progressively joined together to form first an economic community, then a European Union. Moreover, big business proved itself to be one of the most vocal proponents of – and active participants in – the process of European integration. Yet, the private sector has been largely absent from integration scholarship, which has focused instead on the primacy of nation states. This seminar will examine the role of big business in the process of European integration. It will begin with a discussion of the convergent interests of big business and the European Commission during the crucial decades of the 1970s and 1980s when European firms, feeling the pressure of globalization, appealed to Brussels for support in their efforts to remain competitive. This convergence positioned business elites to set the agenda for the Commission’s efforts to relaunch the single market program in the 1980s (Cowles, 1995). But the contributions of business to the integration process extended far beyond organized interest influence. This seminar will make a case for big businesses as highly instrumental actors in European integration by analyzing the ways in which corporate behavior and strategy within the region, especially through subsidiaries and supply chains, inadvertently shaped the common market.


Location:
Sala del Torrino - Villa Salviati- Castle

Affiliation:
Historical Archives
Department of History and Civilization

Type:
Seminar series

Discussant:
Federico Romero (EUI - HEC)

Speaker:
Grace Ballor (EUI - HEC)

Contact:
Micol Visciano - Send a mail

Links:
Alcide De Gasperi Seminar Series
The Alcide De Gasperi Research Centre
 

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