Single Market

Michelle Egan

in The Oxford Handbook of the European Union

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199546282
Published online January 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Politics & International Relations

Single Market

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This article examines the single market by discussing, in turn, its origins, development, and impact. In doing so, it draws upon the different theoretical approaches used to study the dynamics of market integration. As the cornerstone of market integration, the single market has fostered a breadth and variety of research, drawing upon a variety of research traditions. From the launching of the customs union in the 1960s to the ‘1992 project’ in the 1980s, and, more recently, the Single Market Act, there is plenty for historians, political scientists, sociologists, lawyers, and economists to study about the process of market building in Europe. The article maps out a variety of different research directions for the further study of the single market, drawing on different disciplines to show both how the debate has developed and where it may be heading.

Keywords: European integration; single market; market integration; customs union; Single Market Act

Article.  6884 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; European Union ; Political Economy

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