Ideas, interests, and institutions: The domestic politics of European monetary cooperation


Studies of European monetary cooperation have concentrated largely on the process of domestic preference formation. Ideational, interest-based, and institutional approaches can help explain why European Union member states pursued monetary cooperation. Ideational theories are elite-oriented and emphasize cognitive factors in the decision-making process. Interest-based approaches highlight the material costs and benefits of different social groups. Institutional theories focus on the role of independent central banks in the decision-making process. These approaches are complementary rather than incompatible. Future research should investigate the interrelationship and mutual interdependence of ideas, interests, and institutions and their embeddedness in larger international structures.

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Comparative Politics