Institutional trust and Economic Policy
Lessons from the History of the Euro
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Central European University Press
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Title Page, Copyright
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List of Figures
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Preface and Acknowledgments
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Distrust is a palpable experience for all who live in Central and Eastern Europe. Untrustworthy governments and endemic corruption characterize the political class, while law avoidance and lack of civic involvement is a feature of the masses. In such an environment maintaining an attitude of distant cynicism is a sort of survival tool for those still interested in poli-...
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When trust is present, we hardly notice it. It is only the disruption caused by its loss that makes us aware of its significance. In the economic sphere no other time has shown this more clearly than the period following the collapse of Lehman Brothers in September 2008. The normal functioning of the interbank market was suddenly suspended, and the global financial ...
CHAPTER 2Institutional Trust and IndividualDecision Making
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The main objective of this chapter is to theorize how the process of individ-ual planning is influenced by the presence or absence of trust in the institu-tional environment.1 This is a necessary first step to understand the major question of the book: how institutional trust affects the making of economic In order to build a theory on the role of trust in individual decision ...
CHAPTER 3Institutional Trust and Policymakingin the EMU
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In the previous chapter a theoretical framework was proposed on how trust or distrust in the institutional environment affects the plans of indi-viduals in society. It has been argued that ceteris paribus the presence or absence of trust primarily influences the time horizon of decision making: long-term orientation is realistic only in a high-trust environment, where ...
CHAPTER 4Fiscal Developmentsin the EU-15, 1992–2007
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In the previous chapter, several hypotheses have been formulated regarding the economic policies of different countries following the introduction of the euro. Fiscal policy has received a particular emphasis—although decision making remained in national hands, supranational rules strongly constrain governmental discretion. As fiscal policy lies at the heart of domestic poli-...
CHAPTER 5The Maastricht Processin the CEE-10
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Post-communist Europe is an excellent place to study the effects of dis-trust on economic policymaking. In this part of the world decades of communism and a painful transition process bred considerable disillu-sionment from the political system. Still, following the transition the re-gion achieved considerable results in terms of convergence, which implies ...
CHAPTER 6Financial Crisis in the EU-25
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Old and new EU members alike came under severe pressure as the sub-prime crisis swept over the world in 2008. Economic conditions were very different in the various groups, which were discussed in the previous two chapters, and the divergence persisted throughout the crisis. The major question of this chapter is whether the pre-crisis evaluation of economic ...
CHAPTER 7The Relevance of Trust for EconomicOutcomes
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In the previous chapters, I have examined how institutional trust matters in economic policymaking in the EU-15 and the CEE-10 within the con-text of euro-zone accession. The experiences of various members during the subprime crisis represent an important test for the sustainability of policies. As we could observe, while most countries fared according to ...
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Publication Year: 2013