‘You can vote but you cannot choose’: Democracy and the Sovereign Debt Crisis in the Eurozone

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dc.contributor.author Alonso, Sonia
dc.date.accessioned 2014-04-07T08:59:05Z
dc.date.available 2014-04-07T08:59:05Z
dc.date.issued 2014-02-20
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10016/18315
dc.description.abstract The objective of this paper is to analyze the alleged unfolding of ‘democracy without choices’ in Europe and its consequences for the quality of national democracies, particularly those of the Eurozone periphery (GIIPS – Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain). The argument is, in a nutshell, that the lack of responsiveness of GIIPS national Governments to their respective national constituencies is the reverse of the medal of an excess of responsiveness in core Euro countries, particularly Germany. Governments are trapped between the pressure to be responsive at home and the need to be responsible to their European partners and the European project. If the trade-off of all democratic politics is between responsiveness and responsibility, Euro core countries have clearly opted for responsiveness (to domestic constituencies) and Eurozone peripheral countries have been forced to be responsible (towards their EU partners and the EU as a whole). As a result, the 2008 financial crisis has led to a three-fold breach inside the EU between core and periphery concerning the pace of economic recovery, the degrees of governmental autonomy and, most important of all, democratic legitimacy. Eurozone peripheral countries are at the losing side of this three-fold breach.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Instituto Carlos III - Juan March de Ciencias Sociales (IC3JM)
dc.relation.ispartofseries Estudios = Working Papers
dc.relation.ispartofseries 2014/282
dc.rights Atribución-NoComercial-SinDerivadas 3.0 España
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/es/
dc.subject.other Eurozone
dc.subject.other GIIPS
dc.subject.other Euro periphery
dc.subject.other Euro core
dc.subject.other Responsiveness
dc.subject.other Responsibility
dc.subject.other Unión Europea
dc.title ‘You can vote but you cannot choose’: Democracy and the Sovereign Debt Crisis in the Eurozone
dc.type workingPaper
dc.subject.eciencia Política
dc.subject.eciencia Economía
dc.rights.accessRights openAccess
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dc.affiliation.instituto UC3M. Instituto Mixto Universidad Carlos III - Fundación Juan March de Ciencias Sociales (IC3JM)
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