EMU, the Mitterrand Presidency, and French Political Tradition

Kenneth Dyson and Kevin Featherstone

in The Road To Maastricht

Published in print October 1999 | ISBN: 9780198296386
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599125 | DOI:
 EMU, the Mitterrand Presidency, and French Political Tradition

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Mitterrand's leadership role is situated within the context of French political tradition. Particular attention is paid to the tradition of the republican state and its relationship to the idea of ‘economic government’. Other important influences are from the idea of French leadership in Europe and primacy to construction européenne. This idea has, in turn, been closely linked to the franc stable policy and the power of the Trésor. Perhaps most central of all has been the search for economic independence from the USA and the linkage between EMU and a rebalancing of economic power in the international monetary system.

Keywords: construction européenne; economic government; economic independence; Europe; franc stable; France; François Mitterrand; republican state; Trésor; USA

Chapter.  18332 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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