"The territorially fragmented structure of political representation in the EU creates the incentives for politicians to engage in blaming the other states and adopting us-vs.-them
positions in the national, as well as in the EU arena," they write. They argue that the ability to engage in such politicization while ruling a peripheral country is shaped by that country’s form and level of economic dependency on the economies of the European core.
"The consumption-led and credit-based growth model of the South is much more exposed to crises and suddenly increasing levels of dependency, whereas the FDI-based growth models in the Eastern peripheries provide for much larger room for politicizing dependency and contesting the alleged dictate of ‘foreign powers’ and EU institutions," the authors write.
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