Globalisation, the Global Financial Crisis and the State

Globalisation, the Global Financial Crisis and the State

Edited by John Farrar and David G. Mayes

The recent global financial crisis has challenged conventional wisdom, and our conception of globalisation has been called into question. This challenging and timely book revisits the relationship between globalisation, the crisis and the state from an interdisciplinary perspective, with law, economics and political science underpinning the analysis.

Chapter 11: The euro crisis

David G. Mayes

Subjects: economics and finance, political economy, politics and public policy, international politics, international relations, political economy


The third phase of the global financial crisis (GFC) has been focused on the fears of sovereign default in Europe and the attempts that are being made to manage the problem in ways that will not have an unnecessarily severe impact on the real economy. The structure of Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) in the European Union (EU) has contributed both to the problem and to the difficulty in finding a lasting solution. This experience has revealed fundamental problems in the process of integration and the role of the state. This chapter focuses on the nature of the problem and the plausible ways out – not simply to end this phase of the GFC but to provide a sustainable future path for EMU and continuing integration in Europe and elsewhere round the world. The GFC has emphasised the extent of interconnection among economies through globalisation and the advantages of international cooperation and coordination in the avoidance and management of crises. The common response has been to suggest that either increased integration is required, particularly at the political level, or that some countries should leave the euro area.

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