Both Greece and Ireland suffered substantially during the Eurozone crisis, but as Judith Clifton, Daniel Díaz-Fuentes and Ana Lara Gómez write, the two countries’ treatment by the ‘Troika’ of the IMF, European Central Bank and European Commission was strikingly different. Drawing on new research, they explain that much of this stemmed from ideological reasons rather than economics: a far […]
Straitjacketing the state: how local and national governments have lost power over public service governance to Brussels
How do EU rules affect the ability of governments to provide public services? Judith Clifton writes that Europeanisation has effectively become a ‘ball and chain’ for domestic policy-makers. She argues that the EU has gradually and subtly created an ever more important layer of governance over how public services can be delivered, effectively straitjacketing the state.
For two decades, […]