Beyond Immaturity and Victimisation: Rethinking the asymmetries of the eurozone crisis

Global Studies PhD Lecture Series

Neil Dooley//International Relations//26th of February//1-2 pm//Arts C133

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Explanations of the origins of the eurozone crisis tend to rely on narratives stressing the ‘immaturity’ of the peripheral European states. These narratives, found in political, media and scholarly discourses, represent states like Ireland, Portugal, and particularly, Greece as to varying degrees profligate, corrupt, and generally lacking the mature, efficacious and responsible political culture necessary for prudent fiscal governance. On the other hand, more critical explanations have focussed on the various processes of ‘victimisation’ that have rendered the peripheral state as incapable of acting efficaciously in the face of external structural constraints. My research is focussed on challenging such narratives that rely on assumptions of ‘immaturity’ and ‘victimisation’, by taking seriously the need to situate peripheral countries’ experiences in a broader political economy framework, and by recognizing the importance of the dynamics of Europeanization in shaping the policy capacity of the crisis-hit…

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