Sotirios Zartaloudis

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    Lower levels of clientelism in Portuguese politics explain why Portugal handled austerity better than Greece during the crisis

Lower levels of clientelism in Portuguese politics explain why Portugal handled austerity better than Greece during the crisis

Greece and Portugal were two of the worst hit countries by the Eurozone crisis, yet the domestic political reaction within each state was notably different. While in Greece there were difficulties agreeing to austerity policies and the party system underwent substantial change; Portuguese parties negotiated a broad political consensus over reforms and the mainstream parties largely retained their support […]

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    The financial crisis has badly damaged the Greek and Portuguese welfare states

The financial crisis has badly damaged the Greek and Portuguese welfare states

Several European states have pursued austerity policies in the aftermath of the financial crisis, but how have these policies affected welfare states? Sotirios Zartaloudis writes on the impact of the crisis in Greece and Portugal. He argues that both countries have had to pursue unprecedented spending cuts, tax rises and labour market reforms and that the crisis has had […]

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