Focusing on the comparative experience of European societies in the post-2008 economic crisis, the project:

  • Investigates the relevance of the transitional justice framework to explaining how societies deal with the causes of economic meltdown in times of crisis.
  • Determines in what ways, if any, it is important for societies to deal with the political, institutional and legal aspects of an economic crisis.
  • Investigates the domestic and international factors facilitating or impeding the formulation of a domestic policy to account for the causes of the crisis.
  • Explores and defines an array of policy responses, ranging from truth commissions and trials to impunity.
  • Compares these mechanisms and determines the strengths and limitations of each approach in decreasing political polarization and strengthening political legitimacy.
  • Identifies the ways external (IMF and EU) ‘conditionality’ attached to bailout programmes affects domestic policy responses in accounting for the causes of the crisis.