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EU Fiscal Policy Coordination in Hard TimesFree Riders on the Storm$
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Charlotte Rommerskirchen

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198829010

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198829010.001.0001

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Free Riding Beyond Hard Times

Free Riding Beyond Hard Times

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EU Fiscal Policy Coordination in Hard Times

Charlotte Rommerskirchen

Oxford University Press

Looking ahead, the legacy of the crisis years shapes fiscal policy coordination. The two main aspects of change considered in this chapter are purview and pliancy. First, fiscal policy has ceased to be defined in narrow ‘low-deficit’ targets and instead is set to encompass a twin notion of free riding: growth free riding and stability free riding. Second, fiscal policy coordination has become more flexible and as a result more adaptive to the challenges of sound public finances in the twenty-first century. While the institutional architecture for collective action has been strengthened, there is little reason to be optimistic as to the containment of endemic second-order free riding. Member states, this chapter argues, are continuing to rely on market discipline as the erratic enforcer of rules they are unable to bring to bear amongst themselves.

Keywords:   fiscal policy coordination, European Union, Stability and Growth Pact, Macroeconomic Imbalances Procedure, Banking Union, European Central Bank, market discipline, bond markets, second-order free riding

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