European economic recovery appears to be taking hold. So is the European crisis over? The acute phase of the crisis passed, however a number of medium and long term issues remain. The policies of “internal devaluations” are working, albeit slowly, to restore competitiveness in the countries most affected by the crisis. However, growth remains at best sluggish. The medium and long term outlook remains highly uncertain, fomenting social tensions and endangering political stability.
The restoration of economic dynamism is increasingly perceived as the answer to the question of the “European” future – economically, politically and socially. There is a broad consensus that dynamic structural reforms and the restoration of competitiveness at the level of the global economy are key answers to current European challenges.
However, whatever the form these may take, the transfer of resources is implicit (and seemingly necessary), to underpin the current structure of eurozone. This indeed raises the question of governance – both fiscal and monetary. After all, the provision of resources implies an allocation – and it is hard to imagine that resources will be provided to the common pool unless the providers have some say with respect to allocation. And that requires some form of common (i.e. centralized) decision-making procedures, in all likelihood exceeding the common understanding of the acquis communautaire as it exists today – i.e. some form of the effective political arrangement.
In this context, the basic idea which connects all contributions in this volume is the analysis of the problems which affected the Eurozone in the past decade and the challenges and dilemmas the Eurozone will face in the coming years.
About the Author
Antonin Rusek (1949) is currently the Associate Professor of Economics at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA, USA. He specialized in the International economics, with emphasis on the European economies. He often presents results his research at the international conferences both in Europe and in USA - lately (2016) at the International Atlantic Economic Society (IAES) in Lisbon, Portugal and the Eurasia Business and Economic Society (EBES) in Istanbul, Turkey. He is the author of numerous papers on a variety of economic subjects, published in Europe, USA and China. He is the co-editor of several books dealing with the European Union and the Eurozone's subjects. His latest work addresses the issues of the Capital Markets Union and the problems of the Eurozone's performance, with emphasis on the processes of the North - South dynamics. Latest publications are: Rusek, A. (2015). Capital Markets Union: the Key to European Future. Atlantic Economic Journal, 43(4), pp. 517-518; Rusek, A. (2015). The Eurozone's Future: Is There a Difference Between "North" and "South"? Modern Economy(6), pp 1043-1050; Rusek, A. (2015). Competitiveness and Unemployment in the Eurozone. International Journal of Economics and Finance, 7(4), pp 99-104.
Table of Contents
List of Authors
List of Abbreviations
List of Tables
List of figures
Chapter 1 Growth and the Real Convergence in the Eurozone
Lubor Lacina, Antonin Rusek
Chapter 2 Does Baumol’s Cost Disease Produce Adverse Growth?
Chapter 3 Fiscal Union under Unsustainability of Public Debt
Chapter 4 The Principle of Proportionality
Stanisław Kasiewicz, Lech Kurkliński
Chapter 5 Fiscal Policy of the EU Countries in the Time of Crisis
Chapter 6 Inflation Expectations and Long-term Interest Rates
Chapter 7 Social Market Economy Leading the EU out of the Gridlock?
Václav Šmejkal, Stanislav Šaroch
Chapter 8 Revisiting Baumol’s "Growth Disease"
Chapter 9 Are Fiscal Rules Really Omnipotent? The Case of the EU
Chapter 10 Reforming the Eurozone: at Mercy of Politics