"The Economic Adjustment Programmes & their Alternatives: Exploring the Impact of Austerity on Southern Europe"
09.00 - 19.45
Domestic adjustment in response to EU policy commitments has preoccupied both academics and policymakers for decades. Recently, this discussion has been particularly intense within the context of the Economic Adjustment Programmes (EAP) that have been introduced to the south European countries since 2009. Indeed, spending cuts and sweeping reforms at the structure of the economy, the welfare state and public administration constitute the mix of neo-liberal policies of the EAPs. At the same time, and despite the harsh conditionality, the EAPs have not generated the expected economic and structural reforms and outcomes. The aim of the workshop is to analyse the domestic impact of the EU/IMF/ECB imposed EAPs, to showcase their socio-economic implications and to suggest alternative policy solutions that could overcome their limitations. Despite the wide interest in and the various discussions about the programmes, little research has been conducted in order to assess their actual impact domestically on a comparative basis. The workshop will pay particular attention to neo-liberalism as the driving force of the EU policymaking and the logic that underpins the EAPs.
In order to pursue its goals, the workshop will embrace diverse disciplines, approaches, and variables, such as institutions, political/policy actors and policy ideas.
The workshop is co-organised by the Greek Politics Specialist Group (GPSG), British Political Studies Association, UK http://www.gpsg.org.uk