Hellenic Open University Conferences, International Conference on Business & Economics of the Hellenic Open University 2015

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A critical-realist account of the Greek crisis
Akrivi Andreou, Andreas Andrikopoulos, Christos Nastopoulos

Building: Titania
Room: Platon
Date: 2015-02-06 03:00 PM – 04:45 PM
Last modified: 2015-01-27


By employing a critical realist theoretical framework, we explain the origins and the dynamics of the sovereign debt crisis in Greece. We analyze the dynamics of the crisis as outcomes of the leading actors' agential choices and experiences. The origins of the Greek crisis are discovered in the global credit crisis of 2007 and are rooted in the institutional design of the Eurozone and the fiscal and institutional weaknesses of the Greek economy. We explore the dynamics of the crisis as outcomes of the choices made by Greek and European citizens, Greek and European political leaders, international policy makers and capital market participants. Our analysis demonstrates how important actors set the mechanism of the crisis in motion, either by reproducing or by transforming the structures which underlie Greek and European political economies. 


GreeceEurozone; sovereign debt crisis; bailout; EFSF; ESM