2014: Volume 8 Issue 2

The vector of austerity and the lost path to recovery: Implications for European integration and cohesion

The EU, and in particular the Eurozone, has been hard hit by the global financial and economic crisis, trying to alleviate its consequences by balancing of national budgets and the concomitant austerity measures. The current issue is aimed at reflecting on the politics of austerity in the EU as a response to the crisis under the aspect of to how has been shaped and distributed, thereby zooming in on two dimensions or two axes. The vertical axis explorers the adaption and distribution of austerity on national vs. supranational level. The horizontal axis is revisiting the distribution of austerity burden amongst member states, due to economic, political and populist considerations, devoting special attention to Germany and Greece. There are two distinctive features of this edition in their attempt to further explore the topic of austerity. First, the contributions adopt interdisciplinary approaches or innovative combinations of methodologies in tackling the questions they pose, uniting theoretical foundations and concepts borrowed from the disciplines of political science, economics and psychology. Secondly, the articles attempt to challenge the boundaries of conventional definitions and concepts related to the crisis, which are usually left unquestioned by the wealth of existing literature.


 

Introduction: The vector of austerity and the lost path to recovery: Implications for European integration and cohesion – by Albina Lindt, Goldsmiths, University of London

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Europeanisation: New Ways to Conceptualise European Union Integration – by Ben Duke, Keele University

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The Eurozone crisis and the politics of blaming: the cases of Germany and Greece – by Ioanna Ntampoudi, Aston University

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Austerity at EU level? How the crisis impacted EU budget and policies – by Viviane Gravey, University of East Anglia

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