Core-periphery relations in the European Union : power and conflict in a dualist political economy
Title: Core-periphery relations in the European Union : power and conflict in a dualist political economy
Citation: Abingdon, Oxon ; London ; New York : Routledge, 2016, Routledge/UACES contemporary European studies ; 32
ISBN: 9781138889316; 9781315712994
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.
Table of Contents:
-- The European Union as a dualist political economy : understanding core-periphery relations / Jose M. Magone, Brigid Laffan and Christian Schweiger -- Core-periphery dynamics in the euro area : from conflict to cleavage? / Brigid Laffan -- The centre-periphery divide in the eurocrisis : a theoretical approach / Angelos Sepos -- National interests and differentiated integration in the EU under crisis conditions : the cases of Germany, France and Britain / Christian Schweiger -- Will the centre hold? : Germany, Ireland and Slovakia and the crisis of the European project / Stefan Auer -- From "superficial" to "forced" Europeanization in southern Europe : the lack of ownership of national reforms / Jose M. Magone -- Sociopolitical divisions in the European Union : discourses of southern European representatives in the European institutions / Ignacio Paredero Huerta -- The increasing core-periphery divide and the new member states : diverging from the European Union's mainstream developments / Attila Agh -- The southern and eastern peripheries of Europe : is convergence a lost cause? / Bela Galgoczi -- Greece and the troika in the context of the eurozone crisis / Anna Visvizi -- Confronting interrelated crises in the EU's western periphery : steering Ireland-EU relations back to the centre / Bernadette Connaughton -- Portugal is a "good pupil of the European Union" : living under the regime of the troika / Jose M. Magone -- Cyprus : the troika's new approach to resolving a financial crisis in a eurozone member state / Thorsten Kruse -- The politics of troika avoidance : the case of Spain / Jose M. Magone -- Italy between 'trasformismo' and transformation / Marco Brunazzo and Vincent della Sala -- The Hungarian agony over eurozone accession / Oliver Kovacs -- 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 -- From core to periphery? : the impact of the crisis on the EU's role in the world / Carolin Ruger -- The undermining of "gobal Europe" : the impact of the eurozone crisis on third country perceptions of the European Union / Edward Yencken -- Core–periphery relations in the European Union: Some conclusions / Brigid Laffan, Christian Schweiger and José M. Magone
Most of the contributions were presented in a previous version at a conference entitled ‘Core-periphery relations in the European Union as an emerging cleavage of European politics and public policy? Empirical studies of differentiated integration’, at the Berlin School of Economics and Law (BSEL) on 11–12 October 2013. A first volume of the project was published in September 2014 as a special issue under the title ‘The effects of the Eurozone sovereign debt crisis: Differentiated integration between centre and the new peripheries of the EU’ in Perspectives in European Politics and Societies, Vol. 15, No. 3. A book on the same topic edited by Christian Schweiger and José M. Magone was published by Routledge in 2015. This second volume complements the first one; however, it focuses less on the Eurozone and more on core-periphery relations and the implications for European integration.