In 2010, Greece suddenly found itself at the centre of European and world attention as the country was rocked by the worst economic crisis of its modern history. Greece’s economic crisis resulted, within the space of 12 months, in Eurozone leaders and the International Monetary Fund agreeing to lend Greece some 220bn euros. In return, the Greek Government was forced to introduce an austerity package aimed at cutting public spending while raising taxes over five years. To what extent are these unprecedented austerity measures politically, economically and socially viable? What will the political and public response be? What led to the crisis and what lessons and recommendations can be drawn from it? What has been the impact of the Greek crisis on the EU itself?
The Greek Politics Specialist Group (GPSG) of the Political Studies Association (PSA) and the School of Government and Public Policy at the University of Strathclyde are hosting a two-day conference, to be held in Glasgow on 8-9 December 2011. The conference considers questions about the origins, implications and management of the Greek crisis and seeks to generate new theoretical perspectives about the politics of extreme austerity, which also affect other European countries facing similar economic challenges. Experts from across the spectrum of social sciences, including (but not limited to) politics, economics, history, law, sociology and psychology, are invited to submit abstracts of 300-400 words by Friday, 30 September 2011. Successful applicants will be notified of their paper acceptance by 14 October 2011. Up to five monetary awards will be given for outstanding papers to partially cover travel expenses. A selection of papers will be considered for publication.
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