The political economy of the euro area's sovereign debt crisis: introduction to the special issue of the Review of International Political Economy

David Howarth, Lucia Quaglia

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ABSTRACT: This special issue has two main aims: to examine the contribution of political economy analyses of the sovereign debt crisis and to relate these findings to longstanding debates in the sub-disciplines of comparative political economy, international political economy and European economic governance. This introduction begins by reviewing the comparative political economy literature on national financial systems in order to account for the playing out of the crisis. It then examines the international political economy literature on the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and financial (sovereign debt) markets that played such a key role in the unfolding of the sovereign debt crisis. Finally, it outlines longstanding academic debates on the main 'asymmetries’; in European economic governance, and provides a critical overview of the three main policy and institutional reforms adopted by European Union governments in response to the crisis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)457-484
Number of pages28
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


  • Banking Union
  • Economic and Monetary Union (EMU)
  • fiscal policy
  • sovereign debt crisis

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