9781137273444

Greece, Financialization and the EU The Political Economy of Debt and Destruction

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    9781137273444

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    1137273445

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-07-29
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Summary

When the global financial crisis spread to Europe and its weak periphery through the banking sector, few contemplated that the real causes of the crisis did not reside only in the faulty architectures of globalisation and European integration but also in a pronounced power-shift to the 'global East'. The authors connect the 'local' with the 'global', and the 'local' with the 'European'. In this context, Fouskas and Dimoulas scrutinize the financial, geopolitical and historical underpinnings of the current Greek debt crisis that threatens not just the cohesion of the European Union, but the entire security architecture of the Euro-Atlantic world. By identifying the 'debt problem' as being one of the 'birthmarks' of Greece passed by the country's one hegemonic master onto another, they challenge the current half-truths about the contemporary debt crisis in Greece and the Euro-zone.

Author Biography

Vassilis K. Fouskas is Professor of International Politics and Economics at the Business School of the University of East London, England. He has published widely in the field of international economics and politics and his works has been translated into more than ten languages. He is the founding editor of the Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies.

Constantine Dimoulas is Lecturer in Social Administration and Evaluation of Social Programs at the Department of Social Policy, Panteion University, Athens, Greece. He coordinates the research unit for health policy and social services, which is part of the Institute of Labour of the General Confederation of Greek Workers (INE-GSEE). He has published widely in the field of social policy and industrial relations.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
PART I: FINANCIALIZATION AND EUROPEAN 'INTEGRATION': THEORETICAL CONSIDERATIONS
2. The Sinews of Capital and the Disintegrative Logics of Euro-Atlanticism
PART II: GREECE'S FAULT-LINES AND THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF DEBT AND DESTRUCTION
3. The Vassal and the Lords, 1830-1940
4. Passive Revolution and the 'American factor', 1940s-1970s
5. Kampfplatz-4 and the 'European factor', 1974-1989
6. Debt and Destruction: The Making of the Greek and Euro-Atlantic Ruling Classes
7. By Way of a Conclusion: Greece's Debt Crisis Today and Some Normative Reflections

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