Architects of the Euro
Intellectuals in the Making of European Monetary Union
Edited by Kenneth Dyson and Ivo Maes
Reviews and Awards
"It is often claimed, perhaps particularly by its detractors, that European Economic and Monetary Union was mainly created by an elite. This book records the identity, thinking and objectives of such key protagonists. It is an important study of political economy, how ideas and structures develop, an essential part of the political and economic history of our times. I am delighted to have played a minor role in the exercise, put together by Kenneth Dyson and Ivo Maes, to deploy the best historians of political economic thought, to illuminate the process by which EMU was constructed." - Charles Goodhart FBA, Emeritus Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics, and former chief economist at the Bank of England.
"This remarkable volume by eminent scholars will help readers to better understand what the intellectual underpinning of the euro was and where it eventually proved wanting. It shows well how unprepared the system was to deal with the recent crisis and what are the challenges to fix it." - André Sapir, Professor of Economics at the Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium,and former economic advisor to the president of the European Commission.
"The originality of Architects of the Euro, edited by Dyson and Maes, is that it brings out the vital role played by ten senior officials and policy-oriented economists, well chosen by the editors, in starting the process towards the euro. Despite major differences in views, these architects had a shared motivation to start with what appeared at the time both economically justified and politically feasible, leaving the completion of the work-in-progress for later challenges." - Niels Thygesen, Emeritus Professor of Economics, University of Copenhagen, and former member of the Delors Committee.
"This book, Architects of the Euro, is an impressive work on the personalities who built in a technical way the European Monetary Union. It is also useful for those readers willing to revise economic, and sometimes political, ideas about the Euro, from the creation of the European Community to the recent economic crisis." - Francesco Paolo Marco Leti, History of Economic Thought and Policy (HETP).
"In a model of historiography, Dyson and Maes assemble biographical vignettes of ten economists and economic policymakers, including Robert Triffin and Jacques Delors, who helped establish the euro,' 'demonstrates the value of sophisticated syntheses of policy analysis and intellectual history.'" - Andrew Moravcsik
"This book is welcome for those who want to understand the complex process of getting to the single currency, while taking into account the driving forces of the individual personalities who were at the origin of the major ideas. The human aspect is never far away. In that respect, the biographic sketches are interesting reading which brings ideas in a historic and human perspective. For example, the way Otto Pöhl defended his vision in the Delors Committee and in Germany, including the concept of the independence of the Central bank, reads almost like a thriller." - Prof. Dr. Freddy Van den Spiegel, Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Vlerick Business School
"With their collection of essays on high level bureaucrats the Architects of the Euro Maes and Dyson have broken new ground. The editors and their authors provide first-hand biographical accounts of these so far neglected figures and use them to explain their actions during the constitutive phase of the European monetary integration." - Josef Hien, EU Visions