ECONOMICS AND EUROPEAN INSTITUTIONS
Learning outcomes of the course unit
Internal market, single currency and enlargement to the East (the latter taken into consideration for its economic implications) are the three most successful ideas of a united Europe. All three have developed in the context of the economy, but can be explained only by considering the institutions that have created them. The main objective of this course is to illustrate the role of the European Union (EU) in the shaping of the economic policy starting from the three ideas mentioned above.
Course contents summary
The first part of the course casts light on the three successful «European» ideas, which successful examples of interaction between the dynamics of the economy and the rules of the game. Afterwards, we will concentrate our attention on the industrial policies, which in all the European countries have been a privileged – and much debated – area of public intervention in the economy since the end of World War II. After some years of silence on this subject (through the Nineties), in December 2002 the European Commission in Brussels published a Communication entitled «The Industrial Policy in an Enlarged Europe» (followed by four more in the period 2003-2005). It is therefore important to examine the theoretical foundations and recommended policy applications, as well as the inter-relations with the other EU policies,
• F. MOSCONI (Ed.), Le nuove politiche industriali nell’Europa allargata, Monte Università Parma Editore, 2005 (2nd updated edition).
• For the first part of the course, a handout edited by Professor Mosconi with papers by R. FAINI, F. MOSCONI, A. SAPIR will be available. The index can be found on the homepage of the Faculty of Political Science http://www.scienzepolitiche.unipr.it/home/mosconi/ and on the website of the Jean Monnet Chair http://www.cattedramonnet-mosconi.eu ); the whole package is on sale at Printing Office of the Faculty of Economics (Parma, via Kennedy 6).
Attendance is recommended. In fact, official documents of the European Commission and other European institutions will be presented by the Professor and discussed with the students (the documents are available online in the portal of the EU: http://europa.eu/index_it.htm).