Spyros Blavoukos

Spyros Blavoukos
Athens University of Economics and Business | AUEB · Department of International and European Economic Studies

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Publications (48)
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The European Union is broadly considered a benign reform actor, encouraging and supporting reforms in member states and beyond. However, European Union-induced reforms do not only generate the intended effects; they can also trigger unintended consequences for other reforms. These unintended consequences occur primarily through the impact of Europe...
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This policy paper makes a case for broadening the scope of, and further deepening the cooperation among, EU member-states in the field of civil protection. It offers an overview of the incremental steps and dynamics that have nurtured inter-state cooperation from the early efforts in the 1980s to the latest developments. It highlights the main unre...
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Defence cooperation in the EU is growing, reflecting the European citizens' view of the EU as a security enhancer. This policy paper takes stock of current developments and analyses the positions of seven EU member-states on defence integration.
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The idea of creating a European Minister of Economy and Finance is not new as it can be traced at least back to 2011 when the Eurozone crisis started to deepen. The severe economic downturn caused by the COVID19 pandemic underscored the incomplete institutional architecture of the EMU, while, at the same time, alluded to the need for enhanced coord...
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The European economic crisis need not be considered as a problem that is sui generis. Drawing on literature from the political economy of development that centers on finance and monetary policy, we show that the economic vulnerabilities and policy predicaments facing the European periphery share many similarities with problems encountered by middle...
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The multi-faceted nature of security threats requires and necessitates increased international cooperation. The United Nations (UN) has failed to meet the expectations for a prominent and efficient coordinating role. Our contribution calls for a new UN existential logic based on principled multilateralism applied over the organizational structure a...
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The chapter sets the framework of the book both in analytical and empirical terms. It discusses the rationale of the book especially in light of the recent geopolitical and socio-economic changes in Europe and the world that have altered the EU engagement in world politics and the UN system more specifically. It outlines the questions the contribut...
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The passing of the Resolution 65/276 in May 2011 created a conducive environment for the European Union (EU) to upgrade its political status in the UN General Assembly (UNGA). The first EU attempt failed but the EU came back in May 2011 with a substantially revised draft and after a period of protracted and intensive negotiations managed to ensure...
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In May 2011, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) passed Resolution 65/276 that enhances the European Union (EU) institutional mode of representation in the UNGA and other multilateral fora operating under its auspices. This followed an earlier, failed attempt that caused much embarrassment and political turmoil in the EU. The article examine...
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Ireland has come to be seen as an exemplary case of the successful practice of austerity, both economically and politically. But these inferences would be misleading. The real story about fiscal adjustments in Ireland is more problematic, the reasons for recovery are more complex, and the political consequences are a good deal more nuanced. This pa...
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Ireland has come to be seen as an exemplary case of the successful practice of austerity, both economically and politically. But these inferences would be misleading. The real story about fiscal adjustments in Ireland is more problematic, the reasons for recovery are more complex, and the political consequences are a good deal more nuanced. This pa...
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The Lisbon Treaty brought about significant changes regarding the EU’s external representation system with new institutional structures set forward to enhance the role of the EU as a unified global actor. However, this transformation complicated the EU external representation. In this paper, we focus on the UN General Assembly (UNGA) examining whet...
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Already more than a decade after the adoption by the European Council of the first EU ‘Strategy against the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)’ in December 2003, this edited volume has aimed to take stock of developments and provide an assessment of the EU activities in the field. Undoubtedly, this is more easily said than done, and...
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Nested institutions comprise one particular dimension of inter-organizational relations, which examines how organizations interact when they are embedded in other broader and encompassing IOs. The core idea is that the behavior of units in any subsystem is inexorably affected by the structure of the system within which the subsystem operates. The a...
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Shortly after the eruption of the crisis in the region previously known as Yugoslavia, in the early 1990s, the then Foreign Minister of Luxembourg, Jacques Poos, made a bold statement vis-à-vis the European engagement in the handling of the crisis that ‘this is the hour of Europe’.1 The statement signalled the great optimism of the European leaders...
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This paper examines foreign policy change, identifying structural parameters of domestic and international origins that bring about major foreign policy shifts. Domestic structural parameters comprise the politico-institutional setting and advocacy groups in support of alternative foreign policy options. International structural parameters refer on...
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The UNSC presidency functions under the twin assumptions of neutrality and impartiality. However, chairing multilateral negotiations in institutionalised bargaining fora always offers substantial opportunities to the country in office to pursue its own national interests. An important constraint for the presidency is the very short duration of the...
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This article, based on British and American archival sources, examines the response of the Western powers (mainly the US and the UK) to the Soviet disarmament initiatives in 1954–55. We shed some light on the Western states' attitude to the UN disarmament negotiations of this period, arguing that the two sides never actually came close to a settlem...
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In many cases, the European Union (EU) not only participates in the imposition of United Nations (UN) sanctions against states but actively sets the agenda and shapes their content, as a coercive means to bring a recalcitrant state into order especially when protracted negotiations fail to deliver. By default, this course of action constitutes an a...
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The establishment of independent oversight bodies constitutes an important institutional reform in the European Union context. Based on technocratic expertise, they aim to curtail the state's policymaking and supervisory role. During the last decade, such bodies have been established in Greece, illustrating the ideational and institutional impact o...
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Besides systemic changes that lead to the re-prioritization of foreign policy objectives, foreign policy change is also a result of domestic policy entrepreneurs’ pursuit of a political return. Their potential to orchestrate change depends on the existing entry barriers that emanate from the political and institutional features of the domestic poli...
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Performance in the United Nations (UN) is a key element of the EU’s ‘effective multilateralism’ strategy, especially in the UN Security Council (UNSC) that constitutes one of the two most significant political organs of the organization. In this article, we assess the EU’s performance in the UNSC by looking at two particular aspects of the EU-UNSC...
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Chairs have a significant potential effect on the bargaining structure and conduct of multilateral negotiations, addressing collective action problems that arise in decentralised bargaining. We examine the role of the Chair as a policy entrepreneur in multilateral negotiations, identifying the parameters that increase the Chair's entrepreneurship p...
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Which parameters affect coalition building in budgetary negotiations? In this article, three distinct levels of analysis are identified to account for coalition building patterns, associated with domestic politics, domestic socioeconomic structures and EU politics. At the level of domestic politics, ideology points to cross-governmental affinity of...
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How does enlargement affect the EU system of interest group intermediation? We introduce an analytical framework to conceptualise the impact of enlargement. ‘Enlargement waves’ do not only result in a ‘top-down’ process of Europeanisation of national interest intermediation systems, but also have a ‘bottom-up’ effect. This comprises uploading natio...
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The EMU fiscal adjustment paths of the four Southern Europe members (Italy, Spain, Greece, and Portugal – SE-4) vary along two dimensions: a) cross-temporal (pre- and post-EMU accession) and b) cross-country. We account for the cross-temporal variation by distinguishing between the ‘hard’ and ‘softer’ EMU conditionality of the pre- and post-accessi...
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  This article examines the politics of the 2005 reform of the Stability and Growth Pact (SGP). It distinguishes between two stages in the reform process. The first stage delimited the negotiation space – confining reform into an interpretation of the formal clauses that prescribe SGP functioning – and set the reform agenda. In the second, decision...
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In the post-Constitution EU, the rotating Presidency would be replaced by a hybrid system combining a rotating component with the establishment of a permanent President for the European Council. Using a principal-agent framework, we look at the supply and demand for formal leadership in the new system, accounting for the substantial institutional c...
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The article discusses the parameters conditioning the chair's effectiveness in international multilateral negotiations. Building on existing accounts of Presidential functions, an analytical typology of these parameters is provided, elaborating on the direction and magnitude of their impact. Conditioning parameters are clustered into three categori...
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Testing the reliability of experts should be a key element of expert interviews. Using the Condorcet Jury Theorem, it is shown that expert reliability can provide an indication of the validity of expert-opinion data. The theoretical framework is applied to expert-interview data collected in the Domestic Structures and European Integration (DOSEI) p...
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The Greek Presidency of the first semester of 2003 was the fourth following its predecessors in 1983, 1988 and 1994. Representative of the slowly incremental improvement in the political climate surrounding Greece's relations with the EU, the three previous presidencies were broadly viewed as ranging from failed (1983) to varying degrees of mediocr...
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We look at coalition-building in the EU, calling for a more qualified treatment of intra-EU alliances. We argue that at micro-level the picture is more nuanced, with coalitions being construed on the basis of converging interests and therefore subject to issue-specificity and conjunctures of political-ideological and socio-economic nature. We illus...
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This paper reassesses the conceptual framework we bring to the crisis in the Eurozone periphery. The four countries currently in deepest trouble share many commonalities: the Euro generated new incentives and opportunities at national level that could not be effectively contained by domestic institutions. The international crisis since 2008 has exp...
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Foreign policy change is usually associated with systemic changes that are leading to a re-conceptualization of threats and challenges and a subsequent re-prioritization of foreign policy objectives. Without negating the significance of such changes, we argue that one additional feature is critical in any account of strategic foreign policy realign...
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The paper examines the politics of the 2005 reform of the Stability and Growth Pact (SGP). We question the extent to which national macroeconomic indicators explain member state preferences in the SGP reform process. We distinguish between two stages of the reform process. The first stage delimited the negotiation space –confining reform into an in...
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[From the Introduction]. The paper has a two-tier structure. The starting point is the presentation of the overall economic environment in the 1990s and the examination of the economic implications of enlargement for Greece. This qualitative cost-benefit analysis is restricted to the impact of the opening up of the Eastern markets on the Greek prod...
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In the post-Constitution EU, the rotating Presidency has been replaced by a hybrid system combining a rotating component with the establishment of a permanent President for the European Council (and a Minister of Foreign Affairs). We examine how the new system came into being, the significant departure from past institutional arrangements and pract...

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