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EMU till varje pris?: Spårbundenhet i beslutsfattandet angående EMU
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences.
2012 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In 2002, the euro as a common currency did replace the national currencies in the EU member-states that did choose to take part in the EMU. It was then viewed as one of the greatest accomplishments ever to be made by the EU. However, during the latest years, the economic situation has deteriorated in several EMU member-states. This affected the whole euro-area and the current situation is referred upon as the euro-crisis. In 2011, at the time of the euro-crisis, the Heads of State or Government of the euro-area did reaffirm their full commitment to strengthen EMU. This essay seeks to answer why the EMU is maintained despite severe economical difficulties. The purpose of this essay is to reveal that path dependence is seen in the EU decision-making about the EMU. To fulfill the purpose the method used is process-tracing. To study the EU decision-making this essay applies the theoretical framework provided by Allison and Zelikow. This theoretical framework studies decision-making from three different vantage points. The findings of this essay reveal that in each vantage point an institution can be found that shape behavior and results in path dependence.             

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 41 p.
Keyword [en]
EU, EMU, euro-crisis, decision-making, path dependence, institutionalism
National Category
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-16889OAI: diva2:479542
Subject / course
Political Science
Educational program
Europena Studies Programme, 180 credits
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2012-02-27 Created: 2012-01-17 Last updated: 2012-02-27Bibliographically approved

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