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Missing Topic In #EUref: Neo-Liberalism Gone Too Far

Vivien Schmidt, (2016), “Missing Topic In #EUref: Neo-Liberalism Gone Too Far”, Social Europe, 22 Ιουνίου As the referendum campaign nears its end, one central issue is remarkable for its absence, despite the fact that it has been a major contributor to the anger that lends support to the Brexit camp:  neo-liberalism.  The revolt against the political parties, the rejection of the experts, the distrust of the elites more generally: all …Read More

A New Economic Paradigm To Fight Populism

Thomas Fricke, (2016), “A New Economic Paradigm To Fight Populism”, Social Europe, 21 Ιουνίου If the polls tell the truth, 86 percent of the Austrian blue-collar workers voted for the right-wing populist Norbert Hofer in the Austrian presidential elections in May. In the presidential elections in France Marine Le Pen would have reached the final round already back in 2012, had it been up to the blue-collar workers. In the …Read More

Europe’s Wake-Up Call

Merritt, Giles, (2016), “Europe’s Wake-Up Call”, Project Syndicate, 20 Ιουνίου There’s a silver lining to the dark clouds of populist Euroskepticism crowding in on the European Union. In Brussels and a number of Europe’s capitals, leaders know that the EU must respond to mounting discontent, and that – at long last – there is political capital to be gained in doing so. Σχετικές Aναρτήσεις Balfour, Rosa, Emmanouilidis, Janis A., Fieschi, Catherine, et al., (2016), “EUROPE’S TROUBLEMAKERS …Read More

Employment and wage insurance within firms: Worldwide evidence

Ellul, Andrew, Pagano, Marco, Schivardi, Fabiano, (2016), ” Employment and wage insurance within firms: Worldwide evidence “, Voxeu, 17 Ιουνίου Most countries feature some form of government-provided unemployment insurance, but there is an alternative provider of insurance for employees – the firm they work for. This column asks whether the provision of implicit insurance by family firms in particular to employees is a substitute for the provision of explicit insurance by governments. Family …Read More

What those calling for Brexit could learn from the Greek bailout referendum

Featherstone, Kevin, (2016), “What those calling for Brexit could learn from the Greek bailout referendum”, LSE Europpblog, 6 Ιουνίου In the summer of 2015, Greece held a referendum on a proposed bailout deal, with the electorate decisively rejecting the proposal. Kevin Featherstone writes that much like the upcoming referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU, the referendum in Greece was accompanied by the rise of populist campaigning in which emotional appeals …Read More

Can only Eurosceptics oppose austerity? How divisions over integration have replaced the left/right divide in the European Parliament

Van der Veer, Harmen, Otjes, Simon, (2016), “Can only Eurosceptics oppose austerity? How divisions over integration have replaced the left/right divide in the European Parliament”,  LSE blogs/Europpblog, 12 Απριλίου How do economic platforms interact with support for European integration?Harmen van der Veer and Simon Otjes write that the dynamics within the European Parliament have undergone a shift since the beginning of the Eurozone crisis. Whereas in previous periods the key divide in the …Read More

The EU, a Fair-Weather Ship Between Scylla and Charybdis

Hänska, Max, (2016), “The EU, a Fair-Weather Ship Between Scylla and Charybdis”, LSE blogs/EuroCrisis, 5 Απριλίου The EU faces debilitation by multiple crises: economic malaise and high unemployment, an influx of refugee and mounting security concerns. They all lay bare that resilience was not build into the EU’s architecture, it lacks the institutional capacities to respond to external shocks. Either its members create the capacities needed to respond resolutely to such …Read More

Inequality: The Structural Aspects

Milanovic, Branko, (2016), “Inequality: The Structural Aspects”, Social Europe Journal, 17  Φεβρουαρίου Despite the unprecedented attention that income and wealth inequality has received in this year’s presidential campaign in the United States and in several recent elections in Europe, one cannot but have the impression that, for many centrist politicians, inequality is just a passing fad. Σχετικές Αναρτήσεις F. Campos, Nauro, B Nugent, Jeffrey, (2016), “Labour market reforms, growth and inequality: Evidence from …Read More

How the Euro Crisis was successfully resolved

Eichengreen, Barry, Wyplosz, Charles, (2016), “How the Euro Crisis was successfully resolved”, Voxeu, 12 Φεβρουαρίου When the newly elected Greek government of George Papandreou revealed that its predecessor had doctored the books, financial markets reacted violently. This column discusses the steps implemented by policymakers following this episode, which were essential in resolving the Crisis. What is remarkable, in hindsight, is the combination of pragmatism and reasoning based on sound economic principles displayed by …Read More

What’s Holding Back the World Economy?

Stiglitz, Joseph, Rashid, Hamid, (2016), “What’s Holding Back the World Economy?”, Project Syndicate, 8 Φεβρουαρίου Seven years after the global financial crisis erupted in 2008, the world economy continued to stumble in 2015. According to the United Nations’ report World Economic Situation and Prospects 2016, the average growth rate in developed economies has declined by more than 54% since the crisis. An estimated 44 million people are unemployed in developed …Read More