This article deals with Italy's policy towards European monetary integration over the period 1978-99 addressing the questions of whether, how and which 'ideas' influenced Italian policy-makers' choices. This theoretically informed and empirically grounded analysis argues that cognitive and normative elements, encompassing both 'economic ideas' and 'foreign policy beliefs', bring significant added value in explaining the 'Italian road' to economic and monetary union (EMU). Secondly, economic ideas alone do not explain Italian policy-makers' choices and, whenever different cognitive factors pulled in opposite directions, it was pro-European foreign policy beliefs that eventually prevailed in shaping policy. Thirdly, both foreign policy beliefs and economic ideas represent an intriguing case of the Europeanization of the Italian Ã©lites and the impact that such processes had on the trajectory of the country within the European Union.
|Translated title of the contribution||Italy's Policy towards European Monetary Integration: bringing ideas back in?|
|Pages (from-to)||1096 - 1111|
|Number of pages||16|
|Journal||Journal of European Public Policy|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 2004|