Sebastian Perdisci has received his bachelor degree in Social Sciences for Development, Cooperation and Peace in 2010 and his master degree in Policies, Society and Territory in 2013 from the University of Cagliari. He has been Erasmus student at the Maastricht University in 2012-2013 in European Studies. Since January 2014 is a PhD Student in Political Science (XXIX cycle) at Scuola Normale Superiore, Florence.
Research interests: Europeanization, Euro crisis, financial and economic crisis, Southern Europe, austerity, budgetary policies, EU economic governance.
Supervisors: Professor David Natali (University of Bologna) and Professor Manuela Moschella (Scuola Normale Superiore)
What After the Eurozone Crisis? A Comparison of Austerity Policies in Italy and Spain
The research project aims to explain and compare governments’ austerity measures adopted by the governments in Italy and Spain after the European sovereign debt crisis. The work asks to what extent the post-crisis external constraints mattered in the adoption of austerity policies in the two countries. More specifically, it asks whether in Italy and Spain the EU constraints and external conditionality imposed on the governments certain austerity measures, or whether the main domestic political forces in government and the well-represented groups connected to them have been able to outflank these constraints and/or to use them to put forward austerity measures that reflect their long-term priorities and preferences. Adopting a bottom-up perspective focused on the domestic dimension, the research intends to study how the main domestic actors might have influenced and determined austerity decisions. The main hypothesis is that domestic actors have avoided austerity where their interests and priorities were at stake, and/or used the “vincolo esterno” to put forward final decisions more in line with their priorities, interests and preferences. The final goal of the research is to understand similarities and differences between austerity measures adopted in Italy and Spain that might have been influenced and determined by specific domestic political dynamics within the two countries.