This article answers the fundamental question of whether structural reforms on labour market regulation and social protection in Italy, Portugal and Spain passed during the sovereign debt crisis endured or were reversed once external conditionality waned. The study defines categorises and illustrates structural policy reversals. It finds there have been significant structural policy reversals across the three cases, but the bulk of these reforms enacted under conditionality endures. It also finds that the waning of conditionality and harsh economic austerity alone is not enough to bring about full structural policy reversals. Rather, full reversals occur when this condition is combined with a change in government and its ideological orientation, or when the High Courts step in.

Here to Stay? Reversals of Structural Reforms in Southern Europe as the Crisis Wanes / R. Branco, D. Cardoso, A.M. Guillen, S. Sacchi, D.L. Balbona. - In: SOUTH EUROPEAN SOCIETY & POLITICS. - ISSN 1360-8746. - 24:2(2019), pp. 205-232. [10.1080/13608746.2019.1640966]

Here to Stay? Reversals of Structural Reforms in Southern Europe as the Crisis Wanes

S. Sacchi
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2019

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This article answers the fundamental question of whether structural reforms on labour market regulation and social protection in Italy, Portugal and Spain passed during the sovereign debt crisis endured or were reversed once external conditionality waned. The study defines categorises and illustrates structural policy reversals. It finds there have been significant structural policy reversals across the three cases, but the bulk of these reforms enacted under conditionality endures. It also finds that the waning of conditionality and harsh economic austerity alone is not enough to bring about full structural policy reversals. Rather, full reversals occur when this condition is combined with a change in government and its ideological orientation, or when the High Courts step in.
austerity; Italy; Policy reversals; Portugal; Spain; structural reforms
Settore SPS/04 - Scienza Politica
2019
30-ago-2019
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