2012 Student Research Conference:
25th Annual Student Research Conference

The Effects of European Integration on Relative Economic Strength
Rachel A. Dicke
Dr. Galina Zapryanova, Faculty Mentor

The European Union is something of an oddity in a world where the state is so widely regarded as the relevant unit of study in international relations. International organizations, while now prevalent, do not require the level of voluntary relinquishment of sovereignty that does the EU. Examples include the implementation of a supranational currency that is accepted in all member states and has supplanted national currency in many, collective governing bodies, and the sole right to determine the international trade relationships of member states. There are varying levels of integration into the European Union however, and this paper will seek to examine whether these measures better equip the component states to weather the vagaries of the world economy. A composite measure of integration and a composite measure of economic strength will be created and these variables will be tested for a possible relationship.

Keywords: European Union

Topic(s):Political Science

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 301-3
Location: VH 1320
Time: 1:30

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