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    Searching under the lamp-post: the evolution of fiscal surveillance

    Mabbett, Deborah and Schelkle, W. (2016) Searching under the lamp-post: the evolution of fiscal surveillance. In: Caporaso, J. and Rhodes, M. (eds.) Political and Economic Dynamics of the Eurozone Crisis. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198755739.

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    Why is the Euro area economy laboring under the burden of fiscal austerity? Critics argue that an ideological bias towards austerity has been institutionalized in the EU’s fiscal rules. We examine this claim by contrasting a ‘disciplinarian’ account of fiscal surveillance with a welfare-maximising approach and using this to review how fiscal surveillance by the European Commission has been practiced since the financial crisis. While we find that Eurostat’s practices bear some marks of disciplinarianism, particularly in bringing the fiscal consequences of reckless behavior by banks into the beam of the fiscal surveillance lamp, the Commission’s welfare maximising orientation is reflected in its efforts to identify and partition out financial, macroeconomic and budgetary contributions to fiscal outturns and thereby avoid an excessively disciplinarian orientation. Its efforts are impeded by a lack of supranational institutions to resolve bank failures and conduct countercyclical policy. These institutional deficits, rather than an entrenched ideological standpoint, explain the persistence of austerity.


    Item Type: Book Section
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Deborah Mabbett
    Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2015 08:09
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:19


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