Core-periphery relations in the European Union. Power and conflict in a dualist political economy

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Publication Date 2016
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1. The European Union as a dualist economy: understanding core-periphery relations - José M. Magone, Brigid Laffan and Christian Schweiger

Part I: Theoretical Perspectives
2. Core-periphery dynamics in the euro area: from conflict to cleavage? - Brigid Laffan
3. The centre-periphery divide in the eurocrisis: a theoretical approach - Angelos Sepos

Part II: Comparative Approaches
4. National interests and differentiated integration in the EU under crisis conditions: the cases of Germany, France and Britain - Christian Schweiger
5. Will the centre hold? Germany, Ireland and Slovakia and the crisis of the European project - Stefan Auer
6. From ‘superficial’ to ‘coercive’ Europeanization in southern Europe: the lack of ownership of national reforms - José M. Magone
7. Sociopolitical divisions in the European Union: discourses of southern European representatives in the European institutions - Ignacio Paredero Huerta
8. The increasing core-periphery divide and new member states: diverging from the European Union’s mainstream developments - Attila Ágh
9. The southern and eastern peripheries of Europe: is convergence a lost cause? Béla Galgoczi

Part III: Country Studies on the Political Management of the Troika Adjustment Programmes and the Sovereign Debt Crisis
10. Greece and the Troika in the context of the eurozone crisis - Anna Visvizi
11. Confronting interrelated crises in the EU’s western periphery: steering Ireland-EU relations back to the centre - Bernadette Connaughton
12. Portugal as the ‘good pupil of the European Union’: living under the regime of the Troika - José M. Magone
13. Cyprus: the Troika’s new approach to resolving a financial crisis in a eurozone member state - Thorsten Kruse
14. The politics of troika avoidance: the case of Spain - José M. Magone
15. Italy between transformismo and transformation - Marco Brunazzo and Vincent della Sala

Part IV: Case Studies on the Impact of the Crisis on Non-Eurozone Member States in the Periphery
16. The Hungarian agony over eurozone accession - Olivér Kovács
17. Periphery, or perhaps already the centre? The impact of ten years of membership in the European Union on the position and perceptions of Poland - Maciej Duszczynsk

Part V: Global Dimension
18. From core to periphery? The impact of the crisis on the EU’s role in the world - Carolin Rüger
19. The undermining of ‘Global Europe’? The impact of the eurozone crisis on third country perceptions of the European Union - Edward Yencken
20. Core-periphery relations in the European Union: some conclusions - Brigid Laffan, Christian Schweiger and José M. Magone

Successive enlargements to the European Union membership have transformed it into an economically, politically and culturally heterogeneous body with distinct vulnerabilities in its multi-level governance.

This book analyses core-periphery relations to highlight the growing cleavage, and potential conflict, between the core and peripheral member states of the Union in the face of the devastating consequences of the Eurozone crisis. Taking a comparative and theoretical approach and using a variety of case studies, it examines how the crisis has both exacerbated tensions in centre-periphery relations within and outside the Eurozone, and how the European Union’s economic and political status is declining globally.

This text will be of key interest to students and scholars of European Union studies, European integration, political economy, public policy, and comparative politics.

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