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Sustaining European Monetary Union: Confronting the Cost of Diversity

Tal Sadeh
Sustaining European Monetary Union: Confronting the Cost of Diversity
ISBN: 978-1-58826-478-7
2006/201 pages/LC: 2006011922
Studies on European Polity

“Theoretically and empirically rich.... The range of his findings is impressive.” —David Howarth, EUSA Review

"This is a good book.... Sadeh addresses an important and somewhat neglected topic: the continued viability of EMU."—David H. Bearce


The tranquility of the European Union's transition to the euro in 1999 contrasted dramatically with the preceding tumultuous decades of exchange rate crises and political upheavals. But have the EU member states in fact converged sufficiently to make monetary union a stable alternative? Or is EMU an institutional lid on a simmering pot of diverse economies, in which tensions are building to a future blowup? And if the latter, what can be done to remedy the situation?

Arguing that EMU is disproportionately socially expensive for many of the present and potential member states, Tal Sadeh's rigorous analysis focuses on the problematic implications of the EU's economic and political diversity. Sadeh is particularly concerned with the domestic structural and institutional reforms that will be necessary to sustain EMU. His supporting quantitative data covers 43 countries: all of the EU member states, the candidate countries, and the EU's neighbors in the Middle East, North Africa, and Eastern Europe.


Tal Sadeh is assistant professor of political science at Tel Aviv University. He is coauthor of The Future Relations Between Israel and the European Communities: Some Alternatives.


  • The Puzzle of EMU.
  • Research Design.
  • Adjustment Mechanisms.
  • The Economic Costs of EMU.
  • The Political Costs of EMU.
  • Cabinet Duration and Institutions.
  • The Burden of Adjustment.
  • Meet the Neighbors.
  • Conclusion.