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Greece and EMU: Between External Empowerment and Domestic Vulnerability




EMU was an agenda determined outside Greece and it represents the importation of a radical new policy paradigm. In gaining entry into the 'euro' system, EMU has been the stimulus to profound change in Greek macroeconomic policy. However, the developing EU agenda on structural reform highlights the dilemmas of policy-making in Athens: the uncertain political commitment; the domestic vetoes from rent-seeking behaviour; and the imprecise external constraint. Threee central questions are raised here. What were the Greek priorities and expectations at the time of negotiating EMU? How did Greece qualify for entry into the euro system?. And how has Greece responded to the post-Maastricht EU agenda on structural reform? These questions relate to fundamental issues of the contemporary Greek state: the capability to bring about reform; the political and cultural impediments to reform by consensus; and the challenges posed by deeper 'Europeanization'. For the EU, the Greek case raises issues of relevance to the cohesion of the euro area and the management of the enlargement process. Copyright (c) Blackwell Publishing Ltd 2003.

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  • Kevin Featherstone, 2003. "Greece and EMU: Between External Empowerment and Domestic Vulnerability," Journal of Common Market Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 41(5), pages 923-940, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jcmkts:v:41:y:2003:i:5:p:923-940

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    1. Dyson, Kenneth & Featherstone, Kevin, 1999. "The Road To Maastricht: Negotiating Economic and Monetary Union," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, number 9780198296386.
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    1. Rebekka Christopoulou & Vassilis Monastiriotis, 2014. "The Greek Public Sector Wage Premium before the Crisis: Size, Selection and Relative Valuation of Characteristics," British Journal of Industrial Relations, London School of Economics, vol. 52(3), pages 579-602, September.
    2. Stella Ladi, 2012. "The Eurozone Crisis and Austerity Politics: A Trigger for Administrative Reform in Greece?," GreeSE – Hellenic Observatory Papers on Greece and Southeast Europe 57, Hellenic Observatory, LSE.

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