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This policy area includes our work on the European Union, trade, and Britain’s relationship with the international community and role in the world. We have published a collection of essays on social Europe which we hope to follow up this year. We also aim to undertake further work on economic nationalism and globalisation. 

Project partners include: Baroness Ashton, John Monks, Professor Jagdish Bhagwati, Roger Liddle, Malcolm Harbour MEP, Charlie McCreevy, Freidrich Ebert Stiftung, European Trade Union Congress, Business for New Europe, E!Sharp.


Social Europe and the Single Market – Where Next?

Today, against the backdrop of a global financial crisis and a Europe-wide recession, the issue of social protection and employment rights is at the top of the political agenda. The authors in this timely publication offer a range of ideas on what the social dimension means for Europe in today’s globalised, but more uncertain world. How successful has EU social policy been, and is a “renewed social agenda” the way ahead? How adaptable is the EU’s social model to the economic and social challenges we now face, and is there a shared vision and an emerging consensus for change? The essays address these and related questions about social Europe from a UK, French, German and EU perspective. Includes chapters by Caroline Flint MP, Robert Taylor, John Monks, Brendan Barber, David Coats, Roger Liddle, and Professor Peter Taylor-Gooby. 2009

Economic Nationalism
The pace of globalisation is increasing, with unprecedented flows of goods, services and people between countries and companies. Levels of overseas investment and foreign ownership have risen dramatically, alongside far-reaching changes in technology, production and corporate organisation. National economies and companies are becoming ever more interdependent, and emerging economies such as China and India are competing in world markets in a way that few could have imaged 20 years ago. By way of comment, analysis and case studies, the authors provide an insight into current thinking about world trade and the resurgence of economic nationalism. In particular, the essays explore the impact on the UK of creeping protectionism and develop the argument for a stronger EU commitment to free trade and a more forward-looking and positive approach towards globalisation. Includes chapters by Roland Rudd, David Gow, Malcolm Harbour MEP, Peter Erskine, Stuart Popham, Sir John Sunderland, Professor Anthony Venables, and Charlie McCreevy. 2007


China and Britain: The Potential Impact of China’s Development
 A collection of essays by key experts on China’s development and her future role in the world. The rise of China as an economic power, perhaps the mightiest economic power the world has yet seen, is a matter impinging more and more upon the consciousness of British opinion formers and decision-makers. And yet we know very little about the social, institutional and environmental issues of the country. We don’t study its languages. And we don’t understand its approach to trading and economic issues, or engage with its geopolitical agenda. The contributions in this monograph offer a wide ranging appraisal of the impact that China’s breathtaking growth is having, and will continue to have in years to come, upon Britain’s economy, culture and politics. Includes chapters by Hugo de Burgh, Linda Yueh, Crispin Tickell, Isabel Hilton. 2005

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