British Business in the Formative Years of European by Neil Rollings

By Neil Rollings

This booklet questions traditional money owed of the heritage of ecu integration and British enterprise. Integration money owed conventionally concentrate on the geographical region, whereas Neil Rollings specializes in company and its function within the improvement of eu integration, which enterprise historians have missed thus far. company supplied a key hyperlink among monetary integration, political integration, and the method of Europeanization. British businessmen perceived early on that ecu integration intended even more than the removing of price lists and entry to new markets. certainly, British access into the eu group may modify the complete panorama of the eu operating atmosphere. attention of eu integration was once printed as a fancy, relative, and dynamic factor, masking many matters reminiscent of festival coverage, taxation, and corporate legislation. in line with large archival learn, this publication makes use of the case of commercial to stress the necessity to mixture nationwide histories with the historical past of eu integration.

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32 Jim Tomlinson, The Politics of Decline: Understanding Post-War Britain (Harlow: Longman, 2000). 33 The term was coined by Sam Brittan, Steering the Economy: The Role of the Treasury (London: Secker and Warburg, 1969). 27 P1: SBT 978052188811c02b 30 CUNY1280/Rollings 0 521 83397 3 October 17, 2007 Economic Realities the Six was seen as, in part, the consequence of EC membership. 35 Integration with the rest of Europe was, therefore, a double-edged sword as far as improving British economic competitiveness was concerned.

The industry, however, faces a dilemma. Old customers, even in countries which are starting their own factories, are clamouring for supplies and are rationed by 4 5 6 Christopher Lord, Absent at the Creation: Britain and the Formation of the European Community, 1950–2 (Dartmouth: Aldershot, 1996), 159. A. K. Cairncross, Years of Recovery: British Economic Policy 1945–1951 (London: Methuen, 1985); and Catherine Schenk, Britain and the Sterling Area: From Devaluation to Convertibility in the 1950s (London: Routledge, 1994).

Other important links were maintained by the FBI, CBI, and ABCC with each of their counterparts on the continent. 48 Given its largely protectionist roots, the apparent anticompetitive stance of business and the problem of relative economic decline, it might be expected that business via their representative organizations would have been opposed to European integration because it would expose business to greater competition even if it also increased the opportunities for British business on the continent.

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