Italy's policy towards European monetary integration: Bringing ideas back in?

Quaglia, Lucia (2004) Italy's policy towards European monetary integration: Bringing ideas back in? Journal of European Public Policy, 11 (6). pp. 1096-1111. ISSN 1350-1763

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Abstract

This article deals with Italy's policy towards European monetary integration over the period 1978-99 addressing the questions of whether, how and which 'ideas' influenced Italian policy-makers' choices. This theoretically informed and empirically grounded analysis argues that cognitive and normative elements, encompassing both 'economic ideas' and 'foreign policy beliefs', bring significant added value in explaining the 'Italian road' to economic and monetary union (EMU). Secondly, economic ideas alone do not explain Italian policy-makers' choices and, whenever different cognitive factors pulled in opposite directions, it was pro-European foreign policy beliefs that eventually prevailed in shaping policy. Thirdly, both foreign policy beliefs and economic ideas represent an intriguing case of the Europeanization of the Italian lites and the impact that such processes had on the trajectory of the country within the European Union.

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Additional Information: This article addresses the intriguing questions of whether, how and why `ideas' matters, feeding into the broader theoretical debate on ideas and public policy, as well as process of Europeanisation taking places through the spread of ideas. This article demonstrates how ideas (and which ideas) influenced Italian policy-makers' choices concerning European monetary integration over the period 1978-99. Theoretically, the research distinguish between different `types' of ideas and in particular between `economic ideas' and `foreign policy beliefs', arguing that economic ideas alone do not explain Italian policy-makers' choices and, whenever different cognitive factors pulled in opposite directions, it was pro-European foreign policy beliefs that eventually prevailed in shaping policy. Both foreign policy beliefs and economic ideas represent an intriguing case of the Europeanization of the Italian elites and the impact that such processes had on the trajectory of the country within the European Union. This articles was published as part of a special edition on the Europeaniusation of Italy, hence it underwent two rounds of referees' comments: one by the referees chosen by the guest editors and one by the referees chosen by the journal. A broader exposition of the theme of this article can be found in LQ's book 'Italy and Economic and Monetary Union: The Politics of Ideas' (Edward Mullen Press, 2006).
Keywords: Economic and monetary union, élites, European monetary integration, Europeanization, ideas, Italy
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Depositing User: Lucia Quaglia
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 21:07
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2012 14:54
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/29600
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