The Politics of Tough Budgets – Fiscal Responses to Crisis in Ireland, Spain, Portugal, and Greece
The Politics of Tough Budgets in the European Periphery
The Politics of Tough Budgets : The Eurozone Periphery 2008-2012
27 April 2012
08T14:19:35Z April 2013
The global financial crisis opened large budget deficit and public debt problems in the countries of the Eurozone periphery - Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Spain. All have been required to adopt budget retrenchment measures, particulary so for the three once they entered EU-IMF loan programmes. This paper analyses the dynamics of fiscal responses to the crisis across the four cases, using the content of budget decisions and the profile of budgetary outcomes as the principal primary data. These countries provide interesting variation on several dimensions : in the origins of the crisis (with different mixes of public and private debt), in initial responses to crisis (prioritizing an expansionary or contractionary stance), in the composition of budget adjustment (revenue-raising or expenditure-cutting), and in the evolution of their budgetary stance over time. The paper uses the full resources of case study methods to examine the policy configurations that underpin commonality and variation, and to expose the elements involved in complex casual processes. This analytical strategy enables us to investigate the political economy conditions underpinning fiscal policy choices in hard times.
An earlier version of this paper was presented at the Council for European Studies 19th International Conference of Europeanists, Boston MA, 22-24 March 2012. Co-authored with Sebastian Dellepiane.
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Invited talk at The Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES), Friday, April 27, 2012, Washington, DC
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