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Portugal Since the 2008 Economic Crisis
Resilience and Change

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ISBN 9781857439618
May 11, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
300 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Portuguese democracy is now celebrating its 50th anniversary. Portugal joined the European Union (EU) in 1986, but the enduring legacies of the country’s transition process from authoritarianism to democracy became apparent during the European sovereign debt crisis, when Portugal experienced its third bailout since the institutionalization of democratic government. Although the first decade after EU accession was one of slight growth and investment, Portugal’s economy has, in effect, been performing poorly since the beginning of the 21st century. Among the major changes in Portugal—as in much of Southern Europe—as a result of the ‘great recession’, was the emergence of important new actors, including populist parties, new social movements and the polarization of attitudes toward the EU. In some of these areas, the phrase ‘with the exception of Portugal’ was always present. This book explores the factors that might explain why this is no more the case, presenting a global overview, with an interdisciplinary focus, of the processes of economic, social and political change in Portuguese democracy since the 2008 economic crisis.

The volume is accessible to a broad academic audience, with chapters examining economic, political, social and foreign policy issues, for scholars interested in an analysis of Portugal’s emergence from the economic crisis.



António Costa Pinto is a research professor at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon and a Professor of Politics at Lusófona University, Portugal. He has been a visiting professor at Stanford University and Georgetown University, USA, a senior associate member at St Anthony's College, Oxford, UK, and a senior visiting fellow at Princeton University and at the University of California, Berkeley, USA. His research interests include authoritarianism, political elites, democratization, and transitional justice in new democracies.