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Alternative Economic Paradigms to the Greek Financial Crisis


  • John Marangos


The “battle of ideas” in the Greek Financial Crisis case, focuses on which paradigm is most realistic, feasible, desirable, and appropriate for the problem in question. The goal of the paper is to formulate different answers and policies based on different paradigms, as an “antidote” to the Greek Financial Crisis. To my knowledge, such a novel approach in examining the Greek Financial Crisis by contraposing the neoclassical and Keynesian-Institutional paradigms has not been attempted. Students of the Greek Financial Crisis and, in general, of the Global Financial Crisis, will benefit from this unique method of economic analysis in deriving, in contradistinction paradigm-based policies to tackle the crisis. The Keynesian-Institutionalist response to the Greek Financial Crisis, as revealed, does not have any commonalities either with the Washington Consensus or Troika’s EAPs. In contradiction, Keynesians-Institutionalists, call for active government intervention in the form of a substantial fiscal stimulus, increasing public expenditure, reducing taxes to the poor and increasing taxes to the rich, re-regulation of the labor market, and stopping privatization. In concert with an ECB that functions as the lender of last resort, creating a Eurobond to distribute risk throughout Europe and institutional arrangements that block adverse competitive dynamics.

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  • John Marangos, 2022. "Alternative Economic Paradigms to the Greek Financial Crisis," Journal of Economic Issues, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 56(2), pages 439-445, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:mes:jeciss:v:56:y:2022:i:2:p:439-445
    DOI: 10.1080/00213624.2022.2057173

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