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The Political Economy of Italy in the Euro

Between Credibility and Competitiveness

  • Provides an alternative political economy framework in which to analyse international economic and monetary arrangements

  • Focuses on Italy as a case study for examining Western relationships with the EMU

  • Represents a valuable contribution to the field of European monetary arrangements


Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. The Political Economy of the Euro and of the Crisis of the Eurozone

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 43-43
  3. The Political Economy of Italy in the Euro

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 261-278

About this book


This book proposes an alternative political economy framework in which to analyse the question of the credibility of international economic agreements, in general, and monetary arrangements in particular. The focus is on European monetary arrangements, from the establishment of the European Monetary System to the crisis of the Euro-zone. The analysis is predicated around the political economy of Italy’s access and permanence in the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU). The author argues that the case of Italy, which made a concerted effort to join the EMU in the first wave, is particularly striking. Support for the single currency was widespread when it was introduced, yet something went wrong. Nowadays, its participation to the European monetary integration process cannot be easily taken for granted, especially after the vicissitudes of the Euro-zone crisis.


International Political Econimy European Monetary Union Italy political economy political science politics

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of European and InternationalKing's College London Department of European and InternationalLondonUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Leila Simona Talani is Professor of International Political Economy and Jean Monnet Chair of European Political Economy in the Department of European and International Studies at King’s College London, UK. Her research centres on the consequences of the global financial crisis for the capitalist structures of European countries.

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