How come Europe is often conflated with the European Union? How have European governance structures been shaped?
Writing the Rules for Europe argues that the future of Europe depends on finding a new arrangement between democracy and technocracy. Drawing on fresh archival evidence and using engaging case studies of steel and railways, this book tells the stories of experts, cartels and international organisations that have written the rules of Europe since around 1850. The book explores the ‘hidden integration’ of Europe - forms of integration that were not always visible but affected the citizens of Europe in their everyday lives. Richly illustrated and engagingly written, the book de-centres the present-day European Union in a new long-term understanding of European integration.