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How a secretive circle of finance ministers shape European economic governance

This book a study on the work of the Eurogroup—monthly informal meetings between euro area finance ministers, the Commission and the European Central Bank. It demonstrates how this small, secretive circle of senior decision-makers shapes European economic governance through a routinised informal policy dialogue. Although the role of the Eurogroup has been contested since before the group's creation, its actual operation has never been subject to systematic evaluation. This book opens the doors of the meeting room and shows how an understanding of the interplay of formal provisions and informal processes is pivotal to the analysis of euro area governance. The book advances the conceptual understanding of informal negotiations among senior European and national decision-makers, and provides an in-depth analysis of historical episodes of policy coordination. As other areas of European decision-making rely increasingly on informal, voluntary policy coordination amongst member states, the Eurogroup model can be seen as a template for other policy areas.

Thomas Prosser

European economic governance to incorporate objectives related to growth. Certain authorities envisage an EU without the euro, Höpner states that ‘Europe would be better off without the Euro’ and commends the European monetary system of 1979–98 ( 2014 : 665), yet implementation difficulties mean that most favour reform of the euro. A number of strategies have been outlined; ideas such as Eurobonds, growth orientated monetary and fiscal policies and transfer payments to periphery countries are commonly suggested. The fortification of social integration, including the

in European labour movements in crisis
From an enabling towards a disabling state?
Gerhard Bosch
Steffen Lehndorff

setting’, in Gautié, J. and Schmitt, J. (eds), Low-Wage Work in the Wealthy World (New York: Russell Sage), pp. 147–82. Bosch, G. and Weinkopf, C. (2013), ‘Wechselwirkungen zwischen Mindest-und Tariflöhnen’, WSI-Mitteilungen, 66:6, 393–403. Cruces, J., Álvarez, I., Trillo, F. and Leonardi, S. (2015), ‘Impact of the euro crisis on wages and collective bargaining in southern Europe – a comparison of Italy, Portugal and Spain’, in van Gyes, G. and Schulten, T. (eds), Wage Bargaining under the New European Economic Governance (Brussels: European Trade Union Institute), pp

in Making work more equal
Credibility, dirigisme and globalisation
Ben Clift

- CALLAGHAN TEXT.indd 80 3/8/09 12:13:34 French social democratic economic policy 81 credibility, in combination with the political context of a Franco-German axis on deficit forgiveness, created areas of room for manoeuvre, notably in revising the interpretation and implementation of the SGP to align more closely with French dirigiste preferences. French socialism and dirigiste aspirations for European economic governance In 1997, the Jospin Government’s attempts at institutional re-engineering of the supranational economic policy regime advocated a political role in

in In search of social democracy
Europe, nationalism and left politics
Andy Storey

–344 . Dribbusch , R. ( 2015 ) ‘ Where is the European general strike? Understanding the challenges of trans-European trade union action against austerity ’, Transfer , 21 ( 2 ): 171–185 . Dufresne , A. ( 2015 ) ‘ The trade union response to the European economic governance regime: transnational mobilization and wage coordination ’, Transfer , 21 ( 2 ): 229–242 . Erne , R

in The European left and the financial crisis
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Going under
Thomas Prosser

competitiveness in very general terms. A key tripartite declaration of 2004, concerning competitiveness, stable employment and social cohesion, also makes no precise references to challenges related to European economic governance in eight pages of text (Gobierno de España et al. , 2004 ). As with the case of Germany, it is reasonable to attribute such lack of preparation to difficulties associated with long-term planning. It is easy to suppose in hindsight that the specific goal of competitiveness within the single currency exercised key influence on the minds of unions

in European labour movements in crisis
Thomas Prosser

democrats exhibited solidarity with periphery countries was generally weaker than unions; this was the case in all countries. This result is far from surprising, scholars having long known that the broader bases of social-democratic parties and their need to govern in the national interest tend to make them less radical than unions, yet it is related to two more significant findings. First, the current form of European integration appears to be driving a wedge between social-democratic parties and unions. In the last decade, European economic

in European labour movements in crisis
A theoretical framework
Catherine Moury
Stella Ladi
Daniel Cardoso
, and
Angie Gago

guarantee bondholders that they will be paid back whatever the circumstances (De Grauwe, 2012 ). The shrinking discretion of European governments became crystal clear during the sovereign debt crisis (Ferrera, 2017 ; Ladi and Graziano, 2014 ; Streeck, 2014 ), a period of ‘coercive Europeanisation’ (Ladi and Graziano, 2014 ). As described in the introductory chapter, European economic governance rules were modified over this period, and the new instruments increased the EU's surveillance and enforcement capacity regarding the implementation of

in Capitalising on constraint
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A plea for politics at the European level
Peter J. Verovšek

it has to date. 20 Along similar lines, Ulrike Guérot seeks to build on the federalist ideals of the EU’s founding fathers, arguing that such changes cannot be brought about by national leaders. Instead, she argues that what Europe needs is a European republic created by and for a truly European citizenry. By contrast, Yannis Varoufakis, the former Greek Finance Minister, has proposed to democratise European economic governance through the creation of a European Investment Bank that would encourage spending and investment rather than austerity. 21 Whatever

in Memory and the future of Europe
Introduction and overview
Damian Grimshaw
Colette Fagan
Gail Hebson
, and
Isabel Tavora

collective bargaining, such as in Greece during the post-2008 recession, protective labour market institutions can be easily dismantled. For this reason, Bosch and Lehndorff argue that a more inclusive regulatory framework needs to be anchored not only to statutory protections and minimum standards but also to strong participatory rights and discuss the scope for national actors to move towards these goals under the new European economic governance framework. Marchington and Dundon discuss the societal forces for ‘fair voice’ and the challenges workers face in liberal

in Making work more equal