The Automotive Industry and European Integration

The Divergent Paths of Belgium and Spain

  • A. J. Jacobs

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Overview and Background

  3. Foreign Carmaker Assembly Plants in Belgium

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 51-51
    2. A. J. Jacobs
      Pages 63-87
    3. A. J. Jacobs
      Pages 89-119
    4. A. J. Jacobs
      Pages 121-138
  4. Foreign Carmaker Assembly Plants in Spain

  5. Future of the Car Industry in an Expanding or Brexit EU

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 403-403
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 445-452

About this book


This book chronicles the divergent growth trends in car production in Belgium and Spain. It delves into how European integration, high wages, and the demise of GM and Ford led to plant closings in Belgium.  Next, it investigates how lower wages and the expansion strategies of Western European automakers stimulated expansion in the Spanish auto industry. Finally, it offers three alternate scenarios regarding how further EU expansion and Brexit may potentially reshape the geographic footprint of European car production over the next ten years. In sum, this book utilizes history to help expand the knowledge of scholars and policymakers regarding how European integration and Brexit may impact future auto industry investment for all EU nations.


Automobile Industry in Europe Comparative Development in Europe European Integration and the Auto Industry European Union and the Auto Industry Brexit and the Auto Industry Industry and Trade Policy Automobile Industry and Development European Integration and Uneven Development

Authors and affiliations

  • A. J. Jacobs
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SociologyEast Carolina UniversityGreenvilleUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-17430-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-17431-6
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