Stalled Europeanization in Post-Sovereignty EU? Greek Politics in Hard Times

ULUSLARARASI İLİŞKİLER, VOLUME 15, NUMBER 58, 2018

Kostas A. LAVDAS*

ABSTRACT

This paper focuses on stalled Europeanization as a field of practices, institutions and discourse connected with a process of ambivalent reform. The absence of a consensual national strategy of adaptation to a particularly challenging environment, i.e., participation in the eurozone, produced dramatic consequences when confronted with the financial crisis after 2009. It is argued that the country’s sluggish Europeanization reached a critical turning point in 2009 when the urgency of the crisis brought to the fore a number of issues and vulnerabilities. Asymmetric policy adjustment – limited in some areas, extensive in others – has been the combined result of perceived necessity, insufficiently designed and implemented reform packages, party-political repositioning, and plain politicking. Europeanization in Greece became a stalled process in 2015; restarting the stalled process since 2016 leads to ongoing but sluggish Europeanizing interactions, involving shifts in the roles of domestic politics, institutional traditions and interest groups while reshaping the patterns of political contestation.

Keywords: Ambivalent Reform, Stalled Europeanization, Policy Resistant Context

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* Prof. Dr., Department of International, European and Regional Studies, Panteion University, Athens.


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