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Book reviews: The politics of fiscal squeeze, and compliance with EU policies

In the current issue of Governance, Richard Allen reviews When The Party’s Over: The Politics of Fiscal Squeeze in Perspective, edited by David Heald, Rozana Himaz, and Christopher Hood.  Fiscal squeeze is “the amount of political effort that is put into” retrenchment.  The book challenges “the commonly-held assumption that the financial crash of 2008 and the dramatic policy changes that followed were unique.”  Read the review.

Juliana Piecha reviews The Impact of European Employment Strategy in Greece and Portugal by Sotirios Zartaloudis.  The book provides a “detailed study of the transmission of EU guidelines into national policy.”  In Portugal, EU policies provided a window of opportunity for domestic players to advance their agenda.  But in Greece, domestic actors regarded EU policy as “too alien” and responded only when compliance became a condition of financial support.  Read the review.

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June 22, 2015 at 7:30 am

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