Consumer debt and social exclusion in Europe
Title: Consumer debt and social exclusion in Europe
Citation: Farnham ; Burlington : Ashgate, 2015, Markets and the law
This book analyses the dichotomy between the goal of social inclusion and the effect of social exclusion through over-indebtedness since 2008 in Europe. Filling a vital gap in the current literature on the effects of the financial and economic crisis, this volume puts into context academic discussion with the real-life dimension of over-indebtedness. Reports from six European countries provide socio-economic and legal information on over-indebtedness as well as the regulatory and judicial responses to the problems entailed by over-indebtedness. They form the empirical background for five analyses of different aspects of the inclusion-exclusion dichotomy. It becomes clear that in the context of credit expansion, individual over-indebtedness has turned into a social issue, which the current design of the consumer credit and mortgage system in Europe has helped to produce while disregarding the consequential danger of social exclusion. .
Table of Contents:
-- Part I The Framework -- Introduction, Irina Domurath and Hans-W. Micklitz -- The design of consumer and mortgage credit law in the European system, Guido Comparato -- Part II The Country Reports -- Country report Greece, Georgios Mentis and Katerina Pantazatou -- Country report Portugal, Catarina Frade and Mariana Pinheiro Almeida -- Country report Spain, Pablo Gutiérrez de Cabiedes and Marta Cantero Gamito -- Country report Hungary, Mónika Józon -- Country report Iceland, M. Elvira Méndez Pinedo and Irina Domurath -- Country report Romania, Beatrice Andresan-Grigoriu and Madalina Moraru -- Part III The Different Issues of Over-Indebtedness -- Over-indebtedness and its causes across European countries, Elaine Kempson -- A map of responsible lending and responsible borrowing in the EU and suggestions for a stronger legal framework to prevent over-indebtedness of European consumers, Irina Domurath -- The role of credit bureaus in globalised economies: why they matter less than we think and how they can matter more, Akos Rona-Tas -- Two cheers for Europe: austerity, mortgage foreclosures and personal insolvency policy in the EU, Iain Ramsay -- Conclusions: consumer over-indebtedness and consumer insolvency - from micro to macro, Hans-W. Micklitz -- Index