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Jonathon W. Moses

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781529211016

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529211016.001.0001

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The Demise of Member State Policy Autonomy

The Demise of Member State Policy Autonomy

(p.117) 6 The Demise of Member State Policy Autonomy

Jonathon W. Moses

Policy Press

This chapter describes how Europe’s approach to market integration has undermined the very tools that local labour markets need for stabilization. By creating a common currency area, and by liberalizing its trade and capital markets, the EU has limited the scope for local policy autonomy and placed a series of onerous constraints on member states’ sovereign powers. These constraints limit what national policymakers can do to stabilize their local labour markets. This chapter describes the slow erosion of local economic policy autonomy in EU member states. As a result, workers are more exposed to regional fluctuations (read unemployment) in their local markets for labour.

Keywords:   Infant industry protection, Regulation, Procurement policy, Competition policy, Monetary policy, Fiscal policy

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