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Building a hidden investment state? The European Investment Bank, national development banks and European economic governance

 

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Type:   Article
 
Titre:   Building a hidden investment state? The European Investment Bank, national development banks and European economic governance
 
Auteur(s):   Mertens, Daniel - Internal Medicine III (Auteur)
Thiemann, Matthias - Centre d'Études Européennes et de Politique Comparée (Auteur)
 
In:   Journal of European Public Policy
 
Date de publication:   2017-10
 
Éditeur:   ROYAUME-UNI  :  Routledge
 
Pages:   1-21  p.
 
ISSN:   13501763
 
DOI:   10.1080/13501763.2017.1382556
 
Mots-clés:   [en] EIB, EIF, economic governance, European Commission, Investment Plan for Europe
 
Résumé:   [en] The European Commission’s Investment Plan for Europe and the enduring economic crisis has brought state-owned development banks again to the fore of public and scholarly debate in Europe. This article proposes to place these banks’ activities and recent institutional co-operation in the context of European integration and assumes a historical perspective on European economic governance and development banking. Most importantly, it argues that the European Investment Bank has become a centre of gravity in long-standing political attempts to increase the investment firepower of the European Union. Based on detailed process-tracing analysis through publicly available data and interview material, the article delineates a gradual process of institutional innovation and network formation that advanced since the late 1980s and culminated in recent post-crisis policy processes. The contemporary visibility of development banking in Europe, we conclude, follows from these and is representative of a nucleus for a – somewhat hidden – European investment state, whose reach and stability, however, is yet to be determined.
 
 

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