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Constraining Democratic Governance in Southern Europe

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Constraining Democratic Governance in Southern Europe

From ‘Superficial’ to ‘Coercive’ Europeanization

9781788111331 Edward Elgar Publishing
José M. Magone, Professor of Regional and Global Governance, Department of Business and Economics, Berlin School of Economics and Law, Germany
Publication Date: May 2021 ISBN: 978 1 78811 133 1 Extent: c 256 pp
In this thought-provoking book, José M. Magone investigates the growing political, economic and social divisions between the core countries of the European Union and the southern European periphery. He examines the major hindrances that are preventing the four main southern European countries (Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece) from keeping up with the increasing pace of European integration, and the effects that this is having on democratic governance.

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In this thought-provoking book, José M. Magone investigates the growing political, economic and social divisions between the core countries of the European Union and the southern European periphery. He examines the major hindrances that are preventing the four main southern European countries (Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece) from keeping up with the increasing pace of European integration, and the effects that this is having on democratic governance.

Offering a comprehensive comparative overview of southern European politics over the past two decades, the book analyses the impact of the EU’s political economy on democracy in the region, in particular the consequences of the Eurocrisis and the economic instability of the 2010s. It argues that these countries have failed to proactively initiate necessary strategic reforms in order to prevent economic and democratic stagnation, and have especially struggled to cope with the changing realities of Europeanization and the demands of Economic and Monetary Union.

Students and scholars of European politics will find this book useful and insightful, in particular those interested in southern Europe’s political economy and Europeanization. It will also be beneficial for policy makers working in southern European governments and organizations.

This title is available for institutional purchase via Elgaronline.

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