Problems of Governance in the European Union: Migration, Monetary Integration, Socio-Economic Change, and Trade

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This work explores two of the main challenges faced by the European Union today: how to maintain its competitiveness by becoming a knowledge-based economy while preserving social standards and protecting the environment as articulated in the Lisbon Strategy; and how to govern a complex entity of distinctive member states.


“But Europe is much more than a single market. It embodies many more cultures and languages than any other economic power and its linkages with the rest of the world are probably more extensive because of the widespread emigration from Europe that has occurred over the centuries. The fact that it is also in the process of developing a new form of governance that is neither intergovernmental nor federal but has elements of both is being watch closely by the scholars and governments in other countries.” – Patrick Crowley, Professor of Economics, Texas A&M University and Chair of the European Union Economics Interest Section in the United States

“This rich array of essays covers everything from language issues, to historical memory to the feasibility of collaborative political strategies for Europe. . . . Assessing the ramifications from New Zealand presents a fresh perspective for EU and European Studies scholarship from across the disciplines.” – Dr. Bernadette Luciano, Associate Professor of Italian, Head of the School of European Languages and Literature, University of Auckland

"All chapters are carefully researched and referenced giving testament of the book's high academic standard. Considering the breadth and depth of its subject, the book should attract a wide academic readership." - Klaus Bosselmann, Professor of Law, University of Auckland

Table of Contents

1. Two Challenges for the EU – David G. Hayes
2. The Contribution of Highly-Skilled Migrants from the EU to the capabilities of New Zealand Firms: an in-depth case study – Idit Aloni-Halfon and Maureen Benson-Rea
3. New Zealand and the EU: Approaches to Socio-economic Change in a Globalizing World – Anna Michalski and Christine Cheyne
4. The Political System of The European Union: “Multi-Level Governance , or “Governmentality”? – Cris Shore
5. The CIS – Does the Regional Hegemony Facilitate Monetary Integration? – David G. Mayes and Vesa Korhonen
6. Geopolitics, Governance and Economic Fragility: The Case of Lithuania – Ian Lilly
7. New Zealand’s Comparative Advantage with the European Union: Agriculture and Manufacturing Trade – Abel Reyna-Rivera
8. The Press’ Representation of Pacific Regional Economic Initiatives and the European Union - Yoon Ah Choi

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