A Promoter of Values or a Shopkeepers’ Empire? Economy and Society in the Europe 2020 Strategy and the Trade Policy of the EU

  • Jari Aro
  • Risto Heiskala
Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology book series (PSEPS)


In this chapter we probe a classical topic for sociologists who, since Max Weber (1978), have asked questions about the relationship between the economy and the rest of society in a world in which the relative significance of markets has increased compared to other means of co-ordinating joint actions. However, we do this in a new context, and ask how the economy/society relationship is set in the political reality emerging in one of the world’s most important political organisations, the European Union (EU).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jari Aro
    • 1
  • Risto Heiskala
    • 1
  1. 1.University of TampereTampereFinland

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