Resilient neoliberalism? Policy responses after the Great Recession in Europe’s periphery
Historically, major economic crises have also always been turning points for policy paradigms. Crises were moments for critical choices, when established paradigms collapsed, and alternatives were tested. In this respect, the Great Recession seems to differ. A growing literature tries to grapple with the surprising resilience of neoliberalism even after its spectacular failure as manifested in the financial crisis. The project seeks to contribute to the debate on economic crisis, policy change, and the resilience of neoliberalism by comparing the policy responses of a selected group of peripheral European countries (East and West), through the lens of housing and housing finance policies, policies towards the financial sector, and the public sector.
Reconciling legitimacy and efficiency after the Great Recession
Here I am part of a multinational team that critically analyzes the effects of slow and fast burning crisis on efficiency and legitimacy in the EU (“European Legitimacy in Governing through Hard Times: the role of European Networks”, ENLIGHTEN, funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 program). My research focusses on public sector restructuring in a number of European countries.