Financial Crisis Management and Democracy: Lessons from Europe and Latin America

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Bettina De Souza Guilherme, Christian Ghymers, Stephany Griffith-Jones, Andrea Ribeiro Hoffmann
Springer Nature, Dec 9, 2020 - Business & Economics - 382 pages
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This open access book discusses financial crisis management and policy in Europe and Latin America, with a special focus on equity and democracy. Based on a three-year research project by the Jean Monnet Network, this volume takes an interdisciplinary, comparative approach, analyzing both the role and impact of the EU and regional organizations in Latin America on crisis management as well as the consequences of crisis on the process of European integration and on Latin America’s regionalism.

The book begins with a theoretical introduction, exploring the effects of the paradigm change on economic policies in Europe and in Latin America and analyzing key systemic aspects of the unsustainability of the present economic system explaining the global crises and their interconnections. The following chapters are divided into sections. The second section explores aspects of regional governance and how the economic and financial crises were managed on a macro level in Europe and Latin America. The third and fourth sections use case studies to drill down to the impact of the crises at the national and regional levels, including the emergence of political polarization and rise in populism in both areas. The last section presents proposals for reform, including the transition from finance capitalism to a sustainable real capitalism in both regions and at the inter-regional level of EU-LAC relations.The volume concludes with an epilogue on financial crises, regionalism, and domestic adjustment by Loukas Tsoukalis, President of the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP).

Written by an international network of academics, practitioners and policy advisors, this volume will be of interest to researchers and students interested in macroeconomics, comparative regionalism, democracy, and financial crisis management as well as politicians, policy advisors, and members of national and regional organizations in the EU and Latin America.


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Chapter 1 Introduction
Part I Global Economic Crisis
Chapter 2 The Road from Prosperity into the Crisis The Long Cycle of PostWar Economic Social and Political Development
Chapter 3 The Systemic Nature of the Global Crisis and Some Principles for Tackling It
Part II Regional Governance and Crisis Management in Europe and Latin America
Chapter 4 The Double Democratic Deficit
Chapter 5 European Unions Democratic Legitimacy after the MoUs The Political Legacy of an Economic Crisis
Chapter 6 Finance Capitalism and Democracy The Case of the Financial Transactions Tax
Part IV Impact of the Crisis in Europe and Latin America Regional Level
Chapter 14 The Rise of RightWing Populism in Europe A Psychoanalytical Contribution
Chapter 15 European Economic Governance and Rising Sovereignism
Chapter 16 Eurozone Crisis Management and the Growth of Opposition to European Integration
Chapter 17 A Pink Tide Then a Turn to the Right Populisms and Extremism in Latin America in the TwentyFirst Century
Chapter 18 The Crisis of Latin American Regionalism and Way Ahead
Part V Conclusions
Chapter 19 Comparing the Crises in Europe and Latin America Causes Management Impact and Consequences

Chapter 7 Regional Governance and Macroeconomic Crisis Management in Latin America
Part III Impact of the Crisis in Europe and Latin America National Level
Chapter 8 Managing the Crisis in Greece The Missing Link between External Conditionality and Domestic Political Economy
Chapter 9 The Crisis Its Management and Impact on Equity and Democracy in Portugal and Possible Consequences for the EU
Chapter 10 The 2011 Crisis in Italy A Story of DeepRooted and Still Unresolved Economic and Political Weaknesses
Chapter 11 Latin American Economic Crises and Populist Bids Argentina Brazil and Mexico
Chapter 12 The Fall of a Giant Greed Corruption and Abuse of Power Undermining Democracy in Brazil
Chapter 13 Venezuela in Crisis Governability Equity and Democracy
Part VI Reform Proposals
Chapter 20 Financial Instability Climate Change and the Digital Colonization of Europe Some Unconventional Proposals
Chapter 21 Promoting Investment in the European Union Evaluating the Juncker Plan
Chapter 22 Proposal for a Pact for National Responsibility Through EU Solidarity Within the Present EU Architecture
Chapter 23 Proposals for Reforms and Democratization of the EMU
Chapter 24 Operational Proposal for an EUCELAC Strategic Alliance

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Bettina De Souza Guilherme, is an official at the European Parliament (Brussels, Belgium), working for the Committee of Economic and Monetary Affairs, She studied political science and economics at the University of Vienna. From 2014 to 2018 she worked as a Professora Colaboradora at the University of Sao Paulo. In 2016, she and Christian Ghymers founded and co-coordinated the Jean Monnet Network for Crisis-Equity-Democracy for Europe and Latin America.

Christian Ghymers is Professor at ICHEC - Brussels Management School (Belgium). He holds the academic university accreditation and tenure in international economics from Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve UCL/ICHEC (Belgium). He is President of Institute for Relations between the EU and Latin American and the Caribbean (IRELAC) and Vice-President of the RTI (Triffin Foundation) at Catholic University of Louvain.

Stephany Griffith-Jones is Financial Markets Director of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue at Columbia University (US), Emeritus Professorial Fellow at Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Sussex University and Senior associate fellow at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), London University (UK). She has published widely (including over 25 books) and holds a PhD from Cambridge University and a degree in Economics from the University of Chile.

Andrea Ribeiro Hoffmann is Professor of International Relations at the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC), Brazil. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Tübingen, Germany, and has been a visiting scholar at the London School of Economics (UK), University of Erfurt and the Free University of Berlin (Germany).

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