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States, Debt, and Power: 'Saints' and 'Sinners' in European History and Integration

Kenneth Dyson

Abstract

This book argues for the importance of situating our contextually influenced thinking about European states and debt within a commitment to historically informed and critical analysis. It teases out certain broad historical patterns. The book also examines the inescapably difficult and contentious judgements about ‘bad’ and ‘good’ debt; about what constitutes sustainable debt; and about distributive justice at times of sovereign debt crisis. These judgements offer insight into the nature of power and the contingent nature of sovereign creditworthiness. Three themes weave through the book: the ... More

Keywords: state, credit, debt, power, financial crisis, external imbalance, sustainability, default, euro area

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198714071
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198714071.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kenneth Dyson, author
Research Professor, School of Law and Politics, Cardiff University

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