Writing the Rules for Europe: Experts, Cartels and International Organizations

Paperback | January 1, 2019

byWolfram Kaiser, Johan W. Schot, Dagmara Jajesniak-Quast

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Technologies have created crucial connections across borders requiring new forms of regulation. This book analyses how experts, cartels and international organizations have written the rules for Europe since around 1850. Based on fresh research in the archives of multiple international organizations and European countries it explores the 'hidden integration' of Europe – forms of integration that were not always visible, but affected the citizens of Europe in their everyday lives. Richly illustrated and engagingly written, the book de-centers the present-day European Union in a new long-term understanding of European integration.

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Technologies have created crucial connections across borders requiring new forms of regulation. This book analyses how experts, cartels and international organizations have written the rules for Europe since around 1850. Based on fresh research in the archives of multiple international organizations and European countries it explores t...

Wolfram Kaiser is Professor of European Studies at the University of Portsmouth, UK, and Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, Belgium. He has published widely on European integration, Christian democracy and the history of globalisation. His books include (with S. Krankenhagen and K. Poehls) Exhibiting Europe in Museums: Trans...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:January 1, 2019Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230308082

ISBN - 13:9780230308084

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Origins of Technocratic Internationalism
2. The Power and Fragility of Experts
3. From Divided Europe to 'Core Europe'
4. Europe of the Standard Gauge
5. Tensions in Railway Europe
6. Canons and Cartels
7. Technology Cooperation in Steel Europe
8. Towards European Union Hegemony
Conclusion

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"Writing the Rules for Europe is a brilliant book that uses the history of technology as a foundation to make new sense both of European integration and of contemporary European history, and it will be interest to historians of technology and to the larger community of historians interested in European and transnational history. Kaiser and Schot reveal an expansive, fluid, and layered Europe coalescing, from the mid-19th century, through a growing network of new, overlapping European spaces structured by transport, communication, power, and commerce systems that the public eagerly adopted. Yet this was a 'hidden integration,' created within a culture of technocratic internationalism, by international committees, experts, and cartels working behind closed doors. Kaiser and Schot explain how European Community institutions grew from and remained embedded within this culture of technocratic internationalism. They also make clear, however, that it was a Janus-faced culture: on one side it heralded the vision of European integration as a path to peace and prosperity, but on the other side it was a taproot of the democratic deficit that plagues Europe today. Writing the Rules for Europe thus offers a compelling, powerfully argued, and much-needed rethink of the foundations of an integrating Europe, and readers will appreciate its crisp style and rich selection of illustrations." - Eda Kranakis, University of Ottawa, Canada"Jean Monnet, Konrad Adenauer, and Paul-Henri Spaak – the names of these and several other statesmen of the postwar era are often cited to explain how and when European integration started. This book offers a very different explanation by highlighting the role that experts and technocrats have played in defining and implementing rules of European governance since the mid-19th century. An innovative interpretation, and a very readable and beautifully illustrated book." - Kiran Klaus Patel, Maastricht University, Netherlands