Institutions in Crisis
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Institutions in Crisis

European Perspectives on the Recession

Edited by David Howden

This critical and thought-provoking book explores the causes and consequences of Europe’s failed political and economic institutions. Europe’s recession has created new challenges as market turmoil has shaken the foundations of the twin pillars of the new drive for European integration – political and monetary unions. This book critically assesses the patchwork solutions continually offered to hold the troubled unions together. Failed political policies, from the prodigious ‘Common Agricultural Policy’ to ever more common fiscal stimulus packages, are shown to have bred less than stellar results in the past, and to have devastating implications for future European growth. The contributors outline the manner through which European monetary union has subsidized and continues to exacerbate the burgeoning debt crisis. Most strikingly, the interplay between Europe’s political and economic realms is exposed as the boondoggle it is, with increasingly bureaucratic institutions plaguing the continent and endangering future potential.
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Chapter 8: Fiscal Stimulus, Financial Ruin

Fernando Ulrich

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8. Fiscal stimulus, financial ruin Fernando Ulrich With few exceptions, the current European sovereign debt ordeal is a direct consequence of Keynesian policies aimed at tackling the financial crisis. The wrong medicine can not only be ineffective...

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