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An uneven playing field: larger EU member states receive weaker Commission oversight than smaller states

Baerg, Nicole Rae (2016) An uneven playing field: larger EU member states receive weaker Commission oversight than smaller states. LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (21 Sep 2016). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

The EU’s fiscal oversight mechanism, the Stability and Growth Pact, which sets limits on states’ budget deficits and debt levels, was insufficient to prevent the Eurozone crisis from occurring. Nicole Rae Baerg notes that if European states are to learn from this failure, it is important to understand why the system lacked credibility. Presenting evidence from a recent study, she writes that larger and more Eurosceptic states have received weaker levels of oversight from the Commission than smaller states, and that the ability of more powerful states to alter Commission recommendations should be a key area of concern for policymakers who would like to see credible European safeguards put in place.

Item Type: Website (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/
Additional Information: © 2016 The Author(s)
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Sets: Collections > LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2017 13:07
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2017 09:54
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/70239

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