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Europe's orphan : the future of the euro and the politics of debt

Author: Martin E Sandbu
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2017. ©2015
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : [Revised] paperback editionView all editions and formats
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Originally conceived as part of a unifying vision for Europe, the euro is now viewed as a millstone around the neck of a continent crippled by vast debts, sluggish economies, and growing populist dissent. This book presents a compelling defense of the euro. It argues that rather than blaming the euro for the political and economic failures in Europe since the global financial crisis, the responsibility lies firmly  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Sandbu, Martin.
Europe's orphan : the future of the euro and the politics of debt.
Princeton, New Jersey ; Oxford, [England] : Princeton University Press, 2017, ©2015
xx, 317 pages
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Martin E Sandbu
ISBN: 9781400885510 1400885515
OCLC Number: 973882434
Description: 1 online resource (xx, 317 pages)
Contents: Preface to the paperback edition --
Preface --
1. A gaint historic mistake? --
2. Before the fall --
3. Greece and the idolatry of debt --
4. Ireland : the private is political --
5. Europe digs deeper --
6. Righting the course : from bail-out to bail-in --
7. If Europe dared to write down debt --
8. Eurpoe's real economic challenges --
9. The politics that the euro needs --
10. Great Britain or little England? --
11. Remembering what the euro is for.
Responsibility: Martin Sandbu.

Abstract:

Originally conceived as part of a unifying vision for Europe, the euro is now viewed as a millstone around the neck of a continent crippled by vast debts, sluggish economies, and growing populist dissent. This book presents a compelling defense of the euro. It argues that rather than blaming the euro for the political and economic failures in Europe since the global financial crisis, the responsibility lies firmly on the authorities of the eurozone and its member countries. The eurozone's self-inflicted financial calamities and economic decline resulted from a toxic cocktail of unforced policy errors by bankers, politicians, and bureaucrats; the unhealthy coziness between finance and governments; and, above all, an extreme unwillingness to restructure debt. The book traces the origins of monetary union back to the desire for greater European unity after the Second World War. But the euro's creation coincided with a credit bubble that governments chose not to rein in. Once the crisis hit, a battle of both ideas and interests led to the failure to aggressively restructure sovereign and bank debt. The book concludes that the prevailing view that monetary union can only work with fiscal and political union is wrong and dangerous. Contending that the euro has been wrongfully scapegoated for the eurozone's troubles, the book charts what actually must be done for the continent to achieve an economic and political recovery. This revised edition addresses the economic and political implications of Brexit. It charts what actually must be done for the continent to achieve a full recovery.

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