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The Automotive Industry and European Integration

The Divergent Paths of Belgium and Spain

  • Offer a comprehensive historical and country-specific comparison of the divergent development trajectories of two Western European nations

  • Presents historically fact-based case studies of the historical development of the auto industry in these countries and analysis of their more recent growth paths

  • Explains the effect that Brexit and further expansion of the EU could have on future trends


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

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 181-181
    2. A. J. Jacobs
      Pages 193-224
    3. A. J. Jacobs
      Pages 225-247
    4. A. J. Jacobs
      Pages 249-282

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

  1. 1.Department of SociologyEast Carolina UniversityGreenvilleUSA

About the authors

A.J. Jacobs is in the Department of Sociology at East Carolina University, USA. He is author of Automotive FDI in Emerging Europe and The ‘New Domestic’ Automakers in the U.S. and Canada.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Automotive Industry and European Integration
  • Book Subtitle The Divergent Paths of Belgium and Spain
  • Authors A. J. Jacobs
  • DOI
  • 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 Economics and Finance (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-17430-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-17433-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-17431-6
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 452
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics European Integration
    Automotive Industry
    Development Studies
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Industry Sectors
Finance, Business & Banking


“A rich study of car production declining in Belgium and rising in Spain, this book is useful for understanding broader issues about the free movement of capital, goods and labor vexing an expanded European Union now facing contraction.” (Ryan James Tutak, President, Avto Corp.)