This page presents the latest updates about the work-in-progress of the EURECON team, its publications and presentations.

Journal articles (alphabetical order)

Aurélie Andry, « Travailler moins pour travailler tous et vivre mieux ». La lutte oubliée du mouvement syndical pour une réduction du temps de travail en Europe

in Le Mouvement Social, n°275, 2021, pp.137-152

Abstract – This paper explores the forgotten history of the European labour movement’s struggle for a “workers’ Europe” during the 1970s and early 1980s, and in particular its efforts to build a European-wide trade unionism capable of supporting its proposals on employment and working time reduction. The paper first traces the emergence of the alternative project of European unity that the trade unions formulated in the 1970s, and the movement to build a unitary and combative trade unionism on a European scale. Secondly, the article reveals the struggle of the European trade union movement for a generalised reduction in working time in western Europe, through a twofold effort consisting of institutional lobbying and building a transnational mobilisation of workers – admittedly, on a fragile and limited basis. Thirdly, the paper sets out to examine the failure of this unprecedented struggle and to assess the main reasons for it in order to better understand the affirmation of another kind of Europe, that is, an increasingly neoliberal Europe in which full employment, economic solidarity, and the improvement in working and living conditions for the masses became, at best, a secondary objective.

Alexis Drach, An Early Form of European Champions? Banking Clubs between European Integration and Global Banking (1960s-1990s)

in Business History, published online 2022

Abstract – Between the late 1950s and the mid-1970s, most large European commercial banks created European banking clubs, which were hybrid cooperative organisations meant to respond to American competition and to the progress of European integration. Based on the archives of several commercial banks from France and the UK, this article examines how the three main European clubs (EBIC, Europartners, and ABECOR) emerged and developed in the 1960s and 1970s, and continued to exist despite increasing challenges in the 1980s. The article argues that banking clubs were an early attempt at creating truly ‘European’ banks, or European champions, even though their experience was abandoned. They also participated in European integration in a different way than the one the European Commission promoted. These clubs were an important institutional response of European banks to both globalisation and European integration.


Alexis Drach, Reluctant Europeans? British and French Commercial Banks and the Common Market in Banking (1977–1992)

in Enterprise & Society, n°3, vol. 21, 2020, pp.768-798

Abstract – More than ten years after the financial crisis, the challenges of European banking and of the eurozone highlight that the existence of a European common market in banking is at best partial. Examining how British and French commercial banks and banking associations responded to the plans for a European common market in banking between 1977 and 1992, this article contributes to explaining this partial character, and highlights that this project was primarily political. This challenges the widely held view that large companies tended to push for more integration. This article shows that until the mid-1980s, the banking sector was not necessarily calling for European financial integration in the form of a common market in banking for at least three reasons: they doubted the usefulness of such a move, they feared an increase in regulation, and they focused more on domestic or global matters than on European ones.

Alexis Drach, From Gentlemanly Capitalism to Lobbying Capitalism: the City and the EEC, 1972-1992

In Financial History Review, n°3, vol. 27, 2020, pp. 376-396

Abstract – The City of London has long attracted much academic and popular attention. However, little research has been done on the relationship between the City and the European Economic Community in the 1970s and 1980s, despite the accession of the United Kingdom in 1973. Based on archival material from central and commercial banks in the UK and France, this article explores the relationship between the City and the EEC, from the accession of the UK to the EEC in 1973 to the Maastricht Treaty in 1992, which was meant to be the year of the completion of the single financial market. The article explores two areas: the influence of the City on EEC financial regulation, and how this influence was exerted. It pays particular attention to two committees chaired by the Bank of England, the City Liaison Committee and the City EEC Liaison Committee, and to British banks. The article argues that if the EEC played a part in the formalisation of British banking regulation, the City also played a key role in shaping EEC plans for financial regulation.

Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol, Adjusting an institutional framework to a globalising world: the creation of new institutions in the EEC, 1957-1992,

in Journal of Economic Policy Reform, n°3, vol. 23, 2020, pp.273-289

Abstract – This article explores the development of all new EEC institutions between 1957 and 1992 within policy areas relevant to the possible development of a European single currency. It argues that if most institutions created pre-1992 were not crisis management institutions as would be the case post-2008, some important institutions were created in response to the perception of a structural international banking/political/economic crisis, particularly in the 1970s. This comparison in time underlines the continuity of reflections about the missing elements of a functioning single currency area, the obstacles to reform, and sheds light on the radical institutional changes that occurred post-2008.

Book chapters (alphabetical order)

Alexis Drach, Removing obstacles to integration: the European way to deregulation, in Alexis Drach and Youssef Cassis (eds), Financial Deregulation: A Historical Perspective, Oxford University Press, forthcoming

Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol, History of an Incomplete EMU, In: Amtenbrink, F. and Herrmann, C. (eds.) EU Law of Economic and Monetary Union. Oxford University Press, 2020

Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol, European monetary integration, In: Battilossi, S., Cassis, Y. and Yago, K. (eds.) Handbook of the History of Money and Currency. Springer: Singapore, 2020

Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol, Debates about economic adjustment in Europe before the Euro. In: Gosh, A. R. and Qureshi, M. S. (eds.) From Great Depression to Great Recession: The Elusive Quest for International Policy Cooperation. International Monetary Fund: Washington, DC., 2017

Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol, The quest for ‘strategic autonomy’: European Integration and globalisation since 1970. In: Segers, M. and Van Hecke, S. (eds) The Cambridge History of the European Union. Cambridge University Press, 2023.

Books (alphabetical order)

Aurélie Andry, Social Europe, the Road not Taken. The Left and European Integration in the Long 1970s, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2022.

Abstract – This book examines the European Left’s attempt to think and give shape to an alternative type of European integration-a ‘social Europe’-during the long 1970s. Based on fresh archival material, it shows that the western European Left-in particular social democratic parties, trade unions, and to a lesser extent ‘Eurocommunist’ parties-formulated a project to turn ‘capitalist Europe’ into a ‘workers’ Europe’. This project favoured coordinated measures for wealth redistribution, market regulation, a democratisation of the economy and of European institutions, upward harmonisation of social and fiscal systems, more inclusive welfare regimes, guaranteed employment, economic and social planning with greater consideration for the environment, increased public spending to meet collective needs, greater control of capital flows and multinational corporations, a reduction in working time, and a fairer international economic order favouring the global south. During the pivotal years following 1968, deeply marked by labour militancy, new social movements, economic crisis, and the unmaking of the ‘postwar compromise’, a window of opportunity opened in which European integration could have taken different roads. The defeat of ‘social Europe’ was a result of a decade-long social conflict which ended with the affirmation of a neoliberal Europe. Investigating this forgotten struggle and the reasons of its defeat can be useful not just to scholars and students eager to understand the historical evolution of European integration, the European Left, and European capitalism, but also to anyone interested in building alternative European and global futures.

Non refereed articles (alphabetical order)

Aurélie Andry, La battaglia dimenticata per un’Europa sociale. Zapruder, 51, pp. 54-72.

Presentations (chronological order)

5 July 2023: ‘Oral history as a source for prosopography and network analysis,’ Oral History Summer School, University of Luxembourg

15-16 May 2023: ‘A historical perspective on the study of European elites: the making of EMU through the lens of prosopography and network analysis,’ colloquium ‘EU staff and professionals’ studies’ at the College of Europe in Bruges

8 May 2023: Symposium on ‘Digital Approaches to the International, Transnational and Global in the 20th Century,’ University of Copenhagen

16-18 March 2023: The private ECU, Business History Conference, Detroit (Aleksandra Komornicka)

July 2022: Panel ‘Non State Actors and EMU’ at the World Economic History Congress, Paris

April 2022: Conference ‘Banks, businesses and EMU,’ University of Glasgow

14-15 October 2021: [online]Workshop ‘Digital Methods in History and Economics,’ University of Hambourg (Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol)

27 September 2021: Séminaire de sociologie politique de l’Europe, University of Strasbourg (Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol)

5-10 July 2021: [online]Networks 2021 Conference (Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol)

30 June-2 July 2021: [online] Historical Network Research Conference, Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C2DH) in Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg (Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol)

June 2021: [online] EURECON panel at the Council for European Studies (Aurélie Andry, Alexis Drach, Aleksandra Komornicka, Marvin Schnippering, Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol)

23 February 2021: [online] Between Internationalisation, Professionalisation, and Economic and Monetary Union: A Social and Network Analysis of the Development of the European Commission’s Directorate for Economic and Financial Affairs, 1957-1992 (Alexis Drach and Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol) – Joint IBE/EURECON Seminar, University of Glasgow

13 October 2020: International banking regulation in Europe and the world, 1970s-1980s (Alexis Drach) – “FinLux” Seminar, C²DH, University of Luxembourg

7-8 October 2020: A text mining approach to the records of the Delors Committee meetings (Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol) – The Werner Report, 50 Years On, University of Luxembourg

22-24 June 2020: [cancelled] Non-state actors and the making of Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union, 1957-1992 (Aurélie Andry, Alexis Drach, Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol, Marvin Schnippering, Dorothea Todd) – Council for European Studies, University of Iceland, Reykjavik

23-25 April 2020: [cancelled] Germany and the question of the incompleteness of EMU (Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol) – MatchPoints Seminar 2020, Aarhus University

23 January 2020: Presentation of the EURECON project (Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol) – Workshop on European integration history, University of Tokyo

6 November 2019: Keynote of Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol at Journée d’études ‘Le goût de l’archive à l’ère numérique’/Workshop ‘The allure of the archives in the digital age’, Rennes, Maison des Sciences de l’Homme en Bretagne

17-19 October 2019: Non-state actors and EMU (Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol) – Conference ‘Reshaping Europe. Towards a Political, Economic and Monetary Union 1984–1989’, Hildesheim

18-21 September 2019: The German DGB and the British TUC in the European Integration process: Side lined observers or active non-governmental actors? (Marvin Schnippering) – The European Labour History Network Conference, Amsterdam

18-21 September 2019: The European trade unions’ struggle for a ‘European New Deal’ during the late 1970s and early 1980s (Aurélie Andry) – The European Labour History Network Conference, Amsterdam

9-10 September 2019: Presentation of Aurélie Andry – Third Annual Graduate Conference on the History of European Integration, European University Institute, Florence

9 November 2018: Social Europe in the long 1970s: the road not taken (Aurélie Andry) – The European Construction in the 1980s-1990s and the Present Crisis, Gramsci Foundation, Rome

9 November 2018: Does one market need one money? Historicising the policy debate of the 1980s (Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol) – The European Construction in the 1980s-1990s and the Present Crisis, Gramsci Foundation, Rome

10-11 October 2018: Workshop to present work-in-progress of EURECON project (Aurélie Andry, Alexis Drach, Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol), University of Copenhagen

10-11 September 2018: Presentation of Alexis Drach – Second Annual Graduate Conference on the History of European Integration, European University Institute, Florence

19 June 2018: Presentation of EURECON (Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol) – Seminar at Bocconi University, Milan

7 June 2018: Competing visions of fiscal union: the question of resource transfers in the EEC, 1974-1992 (Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol) – Workshop ‘Towards a European Fiscal Union: historical roots, economic foundations and constitutional challenges’, European Economic and Social Committee, Brussels

17-18 May 2018: Prosopography in international and economic history, EUI, Florence (organised in the framework of EURECON)

28 February 2018: Presentation of EURECON (Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol) – Robert Schuman Centre’s Seminar Series

19 December 2017: Presentation of the EURECON project (Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol) – C²DH, University of Luxembourg

6 September 2017: Presentation of the EURECON project (Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol) – Department of Political Science, LUISS University, Rome

23 February 2017: Presentation of the EURECON project (Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol) – International Business and Enterprise Cluster Seminar, Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow

Conferences (chronological order)

27-28 April 2023: International economic thinking and the making of the euro: intellectual patterns and policymaking in European integration, 1950s-1990s, European University Institute

25-26 April 2022: Businesses, banks and the making of Economic and Monetary Union, 1957-1992, University of Glasgow

17-18 May 2018: Prosopography in International and Economic History, European University Institute