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Economic Summits and Western Decision-Making


Since 1975 the leaders of the major western economies have gathered in annual summit meetings to try to agree a unified response to the main political and economic problems facing them. This book traces the development of the summit meetings and tries to assess their impact on western decision-making and international relations in general. The summit meetings arose as the product of a serious crisis that shook the world economy in the early 1970s. They have been sustained because of the waning of the American hegemony that had previously supported the post war international economic regime. From this it became vital for the leaders of the major economies to re-assert collective leadership in order to try to re-establish a new world economic equilibrium.

Results of a research conducted by the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) and funded by the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA). Published also in Italian as I vertici. Cooperazione e competizione fra paesi occidentali, Roma, Adn Kronos, April 1985 (Dossier Adnkronos).

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