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The Making of Europe by Payment Cards : Hidden Integration in the Era of Neoliberalism. Politics, Finance and Technology from 1992 to 2010

Verhagen, V.T.P. (2015) The Making of Europe by Payment Cards : Hidden Integration in the Era of Neoliberalism. Politics, Finance and Technology from 1992 to 2010.

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Abstract:This thesis aims to reconstruct the process of the development of the SEPA for Cards in the timeframe of 1992 up to 2010 and expose its contribution to the making of Europe. To reconstruct this process this thesis answers the question: How did the development of payment cards in the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) contribute to the making of Europe? In order to answer this question the theory of Misa & Schot is used which claims that European integration, often perceived as a political, economic or cultural process, is an emergent outcome of inclusion and exclusion of actors through technology which causes tensions and interactions. This approach must be placed in a neoliberal context to comprehend the relationship of the market actors with the governmental actors and their visions of Europe.This thesis concludes that the SEPA for Cards contributed to the making of Europe through a new infrastructure which provides a platform where actors of the market and the government interact with each other. Furthermore the SEPA for Cards places Europe as global competitor and innovator on the global market because of its new infrastructure for card payments and their harmonized monetary union.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:15 history, 88 social and public administration
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/66604
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