The Institute for European Studies of the Catholic University of Louvain will organize an international conference in Brussels (October 16-18, 2002) about the role of employer, trade union, industrial and monetary networks in the process of European integration.
The aim of this conference is to study the role played by economic networks in the process of European integration. The period we have chosen to review over the three working days of the conference covers, firstly, the 1930s, an extremely important decade, increasingly seen to have been the formative years during which many influential figures of the post-war era received their education and acquired experience; secondly, the period of the Second World War, a time shaped by action, reflection and decisive encounters; and, lastly, the second half of the 20th century, whilst nevertheless taking into consideration the usual limitations of access to historical sources.
Quite unjustly, little appears to be known about the actual concept of networks — in particular economic and monetary networks — a concept which is very useful for the development of an appropriate approach to the realities of European integration. Several recent historical studies have shown that individuals involved in the process of European integration have often been members of networks possessing some kind of structure or objective. Inspired by a common goal, these economic operators weave a network of mutual relationships which may be based on common beliefs and experiences, on similar social origins, on the same educational or professional background or, more simply, on shared interests. Moreover, these relationships, which may be informal and unofficial, or even secret, appear to constitute a platform for the formation and exchange of ideas, and the gears and levers which may influence the course of events.
To shed some light on these economic and monetary networks, we have selected several particularly revealing case studies involving employers’ organisations, trade unions, industry (steel, chemical and automobile industries) and financial establishments in Europe.
Conference languages are French and English. We look forward to meeting you all. For a full programm and further information, please contact :
Miss Arthe Van Laer
Institut d'études européennes
Université catholique de Louvain
Place des Doyens, 1
Phone number : (0032)10/47.85.69 or (0032)479/33.28.29
Fax : (0032)10/47.85.49
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