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Western European economic organizations : a comprehensive guide /
edited by Robert Fraser ; contributors, Christopher Long ... [et al.].
Harlow : Longman, 1991.
ix, 448 p. ; 25 cm. --
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Harlow : Longman, 1991.
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Includes index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1993-03:
Many reference books on Western Europe, including this one, offer a repackaging of information available elsewhere. That said, Fraser (The World Financial System, CH, Apr'88) has done a good job of gathering information about international and national agencies in Western Europe that play a role in determining economic policy. The first 50 pages cover international organizations such as OECD, GATT, EC, and World Bank. For each, Fraser includes an address as well as the history, structure, aims, and methods and operations. Descriptions are sometimes a bit difficult to follow; the description of the IMF in Encyclopedia of International Organizations is easier to understand. Most of the book is devoted to individual discussions of the 19 Western European countries included. Introductory sections for each cover political structure and economic and political developments since 1945. Entries follow for the central bank, principal ministries involved with economic affairs, the stock exchange, political parties, the main employers' and employees' organizations, and some very summary information on pressure groups and economic research organizations. There is an index of country and organization names. Other reference tools (Europa World Year Book, Western European Political Parties: A Comprehensive Guide (1989), or Fraser's own World Financial System, CH, Apr'88) include a substantial part of the information presented here. Still, a useful guide for those interested in economic policy. V. W. Hill; University of Wisconsin-Madison
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