The Politics of Tough Budgets: The Eurozone Periphery 2008-2011

Title: The Politics of Tough Budgets: The Eurozone Periphery 2008-2011
Authors: Dellepiane, Sebastian
Hardiman, Niamh
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/4224
Date: 22-Mar-2012
Abstract: 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, particularly so for the first 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 sector debt), in initial responses to the crisis (prioritizing an expansionary or a 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 causal processes. This analytical strategy enables us to investigate the political economy conditions underpinning fiscal policy choices in hard times.
Type of material: Conference Publication
Keywords: Financial crisesEconomic policyGreeceIrelandPortugalSpain
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Conference Details: 19th International Conference of Europeanists organized by the Council for European Studies, Boston MA, 22-24 March, 2012
Appears in Collections:Politics and International Relations Research Collection

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