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Financial Underpinnings of Europe’s Financial Crisis

Liberalization, Integration, and Asymmetric State Power

Nina Eichacker

This book analyzes how financial liberalization affected the development of the financial crisis in Europe, with particular attention given to the ways in which power asymmetries within Western Europe facilitated financial liberalization and distributed the costs and gains from it. The author combines institutional narrative analysis with empirical surveys and econometrics, as well as country-level studies of financial liberalization and its consequences before and after the 2008 Global Financial Crisis.
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Acknowledgments

Liberalization, Integration, and Asymmetric State Power

Nina Eichacker

First, I must thank the scholars of the Political Economy Research Institute. Their engagement of my early interests in Europe’s financial development, and subsequent economic events, provided the perfect springboard for beginning and accomplishing this book.

I am also grateful to my colleagues in the Economics Department at Bentley University, Boston. The department is a wonderful environment in which to perform research – my coworkers have made many helpful suggestions, and my work is the better for it. My students’ sense of inquiry has kept me on my toes, and has helped improve my explanation skills immeasurably.

Thanks, also, to those who have attended my presentations at conferences discussing various chapters herein. Your questions have made me clarify my positions to the benefit of all, and your comments have enriched my writing process.

A very large thank you to Edward Elgar Publishing – you have been a wonderful group to work with! I’ve appreciated your interest in the topic, your words of encouragement, and your patience in waiting through the revision process.

Finally, my greatest appreciation is for my friends and family. You know who you are.