1st Edition

European Banking Nationalism State Power and Troubled Banks

By Shawn Donnelly, Gaia Pometto Copyright 2023
    184 Pages
    by Routledge

    184 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book compares the different expressions of, and outcomes from, banking nationalism in two European countries to draw wider conclusions about the consequences for Banking Union in Europe and to show how national governments deal (or fail to deal) with international commitments.

    It reveals how and why one case – Spain – managed to tackle failing banks within EU Banking Union regulations even before they became written in EU law, while the other – Italy – had more persistent problems. The book argues that Spain demonstrates a successful case of liberal economic nationalism, typified by aggressive, early state intervention to restructure Spanish banks, and help from the European Stability Mechanism even in the face of local political opposition. Italy, meanwhile, suffered from the weaker, delayed intervention which forced it to confront European institutions with demands for special treatment as a means of externalizing its own internal weakness.

    This book will be of key interest to scholars, students and professionals in economic policy, Economic and Monetary Union and Banking Union in Europe, European and global governance, European/EU studies, European public policy, European public administration and EU law, as well as professionals working in the banking sector.

    1. Economic nationalism and Banking Union

    2. Banking Union

    3. Economic nationalism and EU state aid rules

    4. Interests, institutions and implementing EU Law

    5. Banking nationalism in Spain

    6. Banking nationalism in Italy

    7. Conclusions


    Shawn Donnelly is Assistant Professor of European Economic Governance at the University of Twente in Enschede, the Netherlands.

    Gaia Pometto is an independent researcher based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.