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Variegated capitalism, the Greek crisis and SYRIZA’s counter-neoliberalisation challenge

Variegated capitalism, the Greek crisis and SYRIZA’s counter-neoliberalisation challenge
Variegated capitalism, the Greek crisis and SYRIZA’s counter-neoliberalisation challenge
The objective of this critical review is twofold. Firstly, we intend to tackle a number of assumptions that view the Greek crisis as the result of a marked resistance to (neoliberal) structural reforms and the failure to engage constructively with the challenges of globalisation. Instead, we argue that Greece was set on a neoliberal trajectory much before the crisis erupted, and that it is precisely this sustained neoliberalisation process – rather than its absence – that lays behind much of Greece’s current troubles. Secondly, we attempt an assessment of the prospect that SYRIZA’s victory may be signalling the start of a counter-neoliberal mobilisation. Drawing on the work of Brenner and others, we identify four alternative scenarios – capitulation, divorce, compromise, transformation – and discuss their implications for Greece and the Eurozone
neoliberalization, austerity, eurozone crisis, variegated capitalism, greece, syriza
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Agnantopoulos, Apostolos
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Lambiri, Dionysia
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Agnantopoulos, Apostolos
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Lambiri, Dionysia
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Agnantopoulos, Apostolos and Lambiri, Dionysia (2015) Variegated capitalism, the Greek crisis and SYRIZA’s counter-neoliberalisation challenge. Geoforum, 63, 5-8. (doi:10.1016/j.geoforum.2015.05.008).

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The objective of this critical review is twofold. Firstly, we intend to tackle a number of assumptions that view the Greek crisis as the result of a marked resistance to (neoliberal) structural reforms and the failure to engage constructively with the challenges of globalisation. Instead, we argue that Greece was set on a neoliberal trajectory much before the crisis erupted, and that it is precisely this sustained neoliberalisation process – rather than its absence – that lays behind much of Greece’s current troubles. Secondly, we attempt an assessment of the prospect that SYRIZA’s victory may be signalling the start of a counter-neoliberal mobilisation. Drawing on the work of Brenner and others, we identify four alternative scenarios – capitulation, divorce, compromise, transformation – and discuss their implications for Greece and the Eurozone

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Accepted/In Press date: 13 May 2015
Published date: 22 May 2015
Keywords: neoliberalization, austerity, eurozone crisis, variegated capitalism, greece, syriza
Organisations: Economy, Society and Space

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Local EPrints ID: 377372
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/377372
ISSN: 0016-7185
PURE UUID: c0472ec1-bc12-4add-9b41-d9cab1a852e0

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Date deposited: 29 May 2015 14:04
Last modified: 16 Dec 2019 20:17

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