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Southern Europe and the ‘trade off’: Architects of European disunion?

Bull, MJ 2012, 'Southern Europe and the ‘trade off’: Architects of European disunion?' , in: European Disunion: Between Sovereignty and Solidarity , Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke. (In Press)

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    This chapter views the southern European enlargement of the EU in the 1980s and the EU-southern European relationship as based on a form of ‘trade-off’ between ‘solidarity’ on the one hand and ‘sovereignty’ or ‘discipline’ on the other. It suggests that, while the trade-off appeared to work well until the launch of the single currency in a period which might be described as a ‘golden age’ in the EU-Mediterranean relationship, in the 2000s it began to deteriorate through a combination of different factors (launch of the Euro, enlargement, reform of cohesion policy, prospective reform of the common agricultural policy, economic crisis) of which the Eurozone crisis became the most critical reflection. This has produced a third level of crisis (between the EU and the southern European states themselves) that could produce new forms of solidarity and discipline embodying much tighter restrictions on economic sovereignty than in the past.

    Item Type: Book Section
    Editors: Hayward, J E S and Wurzel, R
    Uncontrolled Keywords: European Union; crisis' southern Europe
    Themes: Subjects outside of the University Themes
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for Democracy and Human Rights
    Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
    Refereed: Yes
    Funders: Centre for European Union Studies (CEUS), University of Hull
    Depositing User: Professor Martin J. Bull
    Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2011 14:20
    Last Modified: 04 Jun 2014 08:35

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