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The Politics of the Eurozone Crisis in Southern Europe

A Comparative Reappraisal

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Provides an in-depth account of the politics of the Eurozone crisis in Italy, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus and Malta

  • Maps the positions expressed by the governments of Southern EU countries during the Eurozone crisis negotiations

  • Explores the process of domestic preference formation

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

    • Cecilia Emma Sottilotta, Leonardo Morlino
    Pages 1-11
  3. How Member States Cope with the Eurozone Crisis

    • Sonja Puntscher Riekmann, Fabio Wasserfallen
    Pages 13-25
  4. In the Eye of the Hurricane: Greece

    • Dimitri A. Sotiropoulos
    Pages 57-83
  5. Vincolo esterno or Muddling Through? Italy

    • Cecilia Emma Sottilotta
    Pages 85-107
  6. Dissecting the Exceptional Case: Malta

    • Roderick Pace
    Pages 109-132
  7. Unstable Preferences and Policy Changes: Spain

    • Xavier Coller, Fernando Ramírez de Luis
    Pages 133-171
  8. Challenges and Opportunities Under Conditionality: Portugal

    • Marco Lisi, Vera Ramalhete
    Pages 173-201
  9. Back Matter

    Pages 203-218

About this book

This book provides an in-depth account of the politics of the Eurozone crisis in Italy, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus and Malta, mapping the positions expressed by the governments of Southern EU countries during the Eurozone crisis negotiations, including Greece’s bailout deal, the so-called “Six Pack” and the “Fiscal Compact” and exploring the process of domestic preference formation. The book relies on original data resulting from fieldwork conducted in the context of the EU Commission- funded Horizon 2020 project “The Choice for Europe since Maastricht”.

Editors and Affiliations

  • LUISS Guido Carli, Rome, Italy

    Leonardo Morlino

  • The American University of Rome, Rome, Italy

    Cecilia Emma Sottilotta

About the editors

Leonardo Morlino is Emeritus Professor of Political Science at LUISS, Rome, Italy. He was President of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) (2009–2012). He is a specialist in comparative politics with expertise on Southern and Eastern Europe, Latin America and a focus on processes of democratization. He is the author of more than 30 books and 200 journal essays and book chapters published in 9 languages. 


Cecilia Emma Sottilotta is Assistant Professor of International Relations and Global Politics at the American University of Rome (AUR), Italy. Her research interests focus on political risk for foreign investors, South European and Latin American politics. She is the author of Political Risk: Concepts, Theories, Challenges.

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