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Europe on the Brink

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Introduction: Sovereign Bonds, Burden Sharing and the Troika's Rescues - Tony Phillips 1. The Great Recession, Spillover in Europe, Banking Collapse in Ireland - Tony Phillips 2. Crises and Contagion: a Survey - Anzhela Knyazeva, Diana Knyazeva and Joseph Stiglitz 3. Countering the Myths of the Portuguese Debt - Mariana Rodrigues Mortagua 4. Greece: Europe's Worst Success Story - Christina Laskaridis 5. Argentina 2001: A Heterodox Exit from the Crisis - Roberto Lavagna Epilogue - Tony Phillips Glossary

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Tony Phillips works on sovereignty issues in debt, development, energy and ecology. He was born in Dublin, Ireland.


'This book thoroughly exposes the economic, financial and democratic flaws of the EU institutions rooted in neoliberal thinking, and the "blame the victim" approaches to bolstering the economic system without addressing the causes of the financial and sovereign debt crises.' Malcolm Sawyer, Emeritus Professor of Economics, Leeds University Business School 'This book is a thoughtful reflection on the way in which policies of monetary constipation have created the worst crisis in Europe since the 1930s, and the way in which that crisis has created crises of democracy and political economy in Europe. The agenda for the renewal of that democracy and political economy starts with this book and its young authors.' Professor Jan Toporowski, SOAS, University of London 'This timely volume provides an indispensable guide for anyone who has had second thoughts about whether irresponsible governments in the Eurozone's peripheral regions could be the root cause of Europe-wide stagnation and joblessness. Europe on the Brink shows how European crisis can be traced instead to the Eurozone's unworkable design, which first permitted its unregulated banks' speculative excess and now insists that its residents pay the bill. The root causes of this misbegotten design - the dominance of neoclassical economics in policy discourse and of unchained finance in the global economy - have not been addressed; so Europe remains "on the brink". Find out why in these pages.' Gary Dymski, Professor of Applied Economics, Leeds University Business School

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