Vehicle of Influence
Building a European Car Market
Publication Year: 2000
Published by: University of Michigan Press
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The European Union (EU) poses the same kind of problem for social scientists as the bumblebee does for aerospace engineers. Scrutiny of the bumblebee suggests that anything with such a large body in comparison with its wings cannot possibly...
1. Completing Europe’s Internal Market: The Single European Act in Perspective
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In 1991 the European auto industry seemed to be in deep trouble. A controversial trade agreement between the European Union (EU) and Japan restricting Japanese imports had just been completed, and Raymond Levy, chairman of the French automaker...
2. Understanding the Role of Governments, Firms, and Institutions
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How did the member states of the European Union overcome a variety of political obstacles and execute the program of radical economic integration represented by the Single European Act and the White Paper proposals of 1985? A common interest in economic openness is often vitiated by the opposition of small but politically influential...
3. The Political Economy of the European Automobile Industry
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In this chapter I describe the postwar performance of the European automobile industry, analyze its market structure and competitiveness, and map the public and private institutional environment on the eve of the Single European Act. The purpose is to supply...
4. The Politics of Automobile Emissions Control
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The first set o common European standards in the issue area of automobile emissions, finally ena ted in December 1987 (Directive 88/76/EEC), was strongly contested. The outcome was seen by many to have favored the interests of the auto...
5. The Politics of External Trade
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In July 1991 the European Union and Japan adopted a “voluntary trade agreement” on automobiles, which has been characterized as “one of the most unusual understandings in modern international economic diplomacy” (Mason 1994, 427). It represented a..
6. Competition Policy in the European Union
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At the heart of the single market program was the idea that heightened competition, on a “level playing field ” would yield welfare gains to consumers and efficiency ains to European industry. However, even after tariff and nontariff barriers had been eliminated, other distortions of the marketplace persisted, and these...
7. Economics, Politics, and Institutions
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By 1995 the pessimistic views of the future of the European auto industry that seemed to be so widespread only a few years earlier had proved to be largely unwarranted. At one of its main showplaces, the Frankfurt motor...
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Page Count: 240
Illustrations: 15 drawings, 7 tables
Publication Year: 2000