The Limits of Europeanization: Reform Capacity and Policy by Kevin Featherstone

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The boundaries of Europeanization: Reform means and coverage clash in Greece (Palgrave stories in ecu Union Politics (Hardcover)) [ the boundaries of Europeanization: Reform potential and coverage clash in Greece (Palgrave experiences in eu Union Politics (Hardcover)) through Featherstone, Kevin ( writer ) Hardcover Dec- 2008 ] Hardcover Dec- 01- 2008

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The general argument was compatible with that developed here: while the direction and content of EU influence on Greek policy was evident in this period, such ‘external’ pressures were mediated by domestic ‘arrangements and coalitions’ (Lavdas, 1997: 6). Pagoulatos’s study (2003) was groundbreaking, though its conceptual and historical focus was very different from the present volume. A study in political economy, Introduction 17 it charted Greece’s gradual shift from a ‘developmental state’ to a ‘stabilization state’ in the post-war era, focussing on the state and finance.

In the mid-1990s, the performance of the Greek economy remained the most divergent in the EU from the Maastricht convergence criteria. The New Democracy government of Constantinos Mitsotakis (1990–3) had been over-optimistic in believing that it could establish a rapid convergence. In reality, it failed to meet the conditions for the EU aid provisionally allocated to Greece. It had also been thwarted by strong union opposition to its neoliberal reforms. Andreas Papandreou reaped the benefit at the 1993 election, promising an easier path to EMU.

Actors here follow a ‘logic of appropriateness’ and ‘rule-governed action’, involving the internalization of norms (March and Olsen, 1984; 1989). The approach is compatible with studies that focus on shifts of loyalty, the cognitive and affective response to integration, and the role of ideas in shaping negotiations. For ‘historical institutionalism’, the understanding of ‘institutions’ is less broad. The impact of the institutional setting develops over time, evolving from a calculus into a more cultural form as actors become locked into the institutional setting (Checkel, 1999: 547).

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