European integration, capitalist diversity and crises trajectories on Europe's Eastern periphery
Title: European integration, capitalist diversity and crises trajectories on Europe's Eastern periphery
Author: BOHLE, Dorothee
Citation: New political economy, 2017, Vol. 23, No. 2, pp. 239-253
ISSN: 1356-3467; 1469-9923
European policy responses to the Global Financial Crisis and its European manifestation have set off a scholarly debate whether different national varieties of capitalism are equally able to cope with deepened European integration. To date, this debate has mostly focused on the contrasting fates of the thriving northern export-oriented capitalisms and the ailing southern European ones. This paper seeks to broaden the debate by focusing on Europe’s Eastern periphery. It argues that a combination of domestic transformation strategies and the EU’s accession policies resulted in two different growth regimes on Europe’s Eastern periphery: a dependent export-driven in the Visegrád countries and a dependent debt-driven in the Baltic States. On the basis of the pre- and post-crisis trajectories of these two growth models, this paper finds that because East Central European capitalisms were profoundly shaped by EU integration, they are on balance also more compatible with deepened integration than Southern European capitalisms.
Published online: 06 Sep 2017
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