An end to ‘Merkelism’? German decision-making in the Greek crisis as stigma management

An end to ‘Merkelism’? German decision-making in the Greek crisis as stigma management

Tuesday, 24 May 2016 - 12:30pm
Venue: 
Seminar Room, European Studies Centre, 70 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HR
Speaker(s): 
Lea Boergerding (St Antony's College, Oxford)
Chair: 
Kalypso Nicolaidis (St Antony's College, Oxford)
Series: 
SEESOX

Light lunch provided

Abstract
This research project critically engages with the question of what motivated German decision-making in the Eurozone crisis, and specifically, in the negotiations over Greek financial assistance after January 2015 – a period that arguably remains underspecified by dominant IR and European politics approaches. To this end, I propose a sociological, actor-centred framework with which to study German decision-making as a case of ‘stigma management.’ Drawing on data from a wide range of elite interviews, I argue that from January 2015 onwards, Germany’s moral standing in the European community was directly challenged, inducing a shift in the negotiation climate that shaped its decision-makers’ strategic and social concern for saving ‘face.’

Lea Boergerding is currently a second-year MPhil International Relations candidate in the DPIR, based at St Antony’s. In her research, she focuses on issues concerning the Eurozone crisis, political economy, and sociological IR theories. She spent the last summer in Athens and January 2016 in Berlin, where she did fieldwork for her thesis. Previously, she completed an undergraduate degree at the University of York in Political Science and International Relations.