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The Road To MaastrichtNegotiating Economic and Monetary Union$
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Kenneth Dyson and Kevin Featherstone

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198296386

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/019829638X.001.0001

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EMU, the Mitterrand Presidency, and French Political Tradition

EMU, the Mitterrand Presidency, and French Political Tradition

(p.62) 2 EMU, the Mitterrand Presidency, and French Political Tradition
The Road To Maastricht

Kenneth Dyson (Contributor Webpage)

Kevin Featherstone (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

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

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