The Euro as Politics
Universidad CEU San Pablo
IEA Research Monograph No. 58
The British Government has focused the discussion on the adoption of the euro on its economic consequences. Whilst there are economic arguments for the UK joining the euro, the political implications of the UK joining the euro are much more important. The paper discusses how the most crucial aspects of the political debate are not notions of 'sovereignty' on the one hand or 'maintaining influence' on the other: the key reason to maintain sterling should be to ensure 'monetary competition'. Competition between currencies will make it less likely that central banks will create inflation.
The paper also explains Monetary competition should form part of a more general political package. Monetary arrangements will strongly influence the kind of European Union we build, and the arguments in the paper can be applied to a wide range of European policy areas. The paper argues that the UK should seek to build a free-trade Europe based upon competition and not based upon harmonisation of regulations and laws.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 117
Keywords: Euro, EU, single currency, Europe, EMU, monetary policy
JEL Classification: E42, E43, E51, E52, E58working papers series
Date posted: February 16, 2005
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