Praise for the first edition:
'The new book by Michael Mitsopoulos and Theodore Pelagidis offers insightful analysis of the Greek drama. It makes fascinating reading and well demonstrates that the blame is widely shared.'
André Sapir, University Professor, Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, and former Economic Advisor to the President of the European Commission
'Who is to blame for Greece? If I could pick just two experts on the Greek debacle to answer this question it would be Theodore Pelagidis and Michael Mitsopoulos. And thankfully they have done just that in this penetrating analysis of what has happened to Greece over the past five years. It's a timely and incisive work and no one gets off easy a must read.'
Landon Thomas, Jr, Financial Reporter, New York Times, USA
This expanded and enlarged second edition of Theodore Pelagidis and Michael Mitsopoulos' popular Who's to Blame for Greece? (2016) reviews Greece's economy since its accession to the Monetary Union, with new research focusing on the perils of the populist Syrizia government during the critical 'Grexit' period of 2015-2016.
The authors also focus on political developments since that time and in particular propose a new form of taxation as well as explore debt sustainability in relation to Greece's economic challenges. This book will appeal to researchers, practitioners and policy makers interested in the EU and the political economy of Greece and offers valuable updates on the first edition.
Theodore Pelagidis is a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, USA, and Professor of Economics at the University of Piraeus, Greece. He has also been a NATO scholar at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University, USA; an NBG fellow at the London School of Economics, UK; and a Fulbright professorial fellow at Columbia University, USA. He has served as an expert to the International Monetary Fund in the Internal Evaluation Office, USA.
Michael Mitsopoulos is an economist at the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises, Greece. He holds a PhD in Economics from Boston University, USA and has taught at the University of Piraeus and the Economic University of Athens, Greece. He has published extensively in academic journals and is the co-author with Pelagidis of Understanding the Crisis in Greece: From Boom to Bust (Palgrave, 2011) and of Greece: From Exit to Recovery? (2014).
IntroductionThe Costs and Benefits for Joining a Common Currency with Emphasis on Weaker Member States: The Pre-Crisis DebateGreece before the Crisis: The Critical Years in Domestic PoliticsIMF and EU Reports on GreeceThe Troika Period ReconsideredAssessing the Intentions of the Government(s) since the Ratification of the Maastricht TreatyGreece: Why Did the Forceful Internal Devaluation Fail to Kick-start an Export-Led Growth?Giving Greece a Chance to SucceedHow to Design a Closer and More Democratic UnionThe Rise of Populism in Greece and the Impact in the EconomyA Positive Way to Reform the Tax System in GreeceGreece's New Agreement with Europe and the Debt Problem Conclusions