Comparing cases across six European countries, the project will address the following questions:

  • How do political elites balance popular calls for truth and justice with the pragmatic need for stability during uncertain economic times?
  • Why have certain societies formulated policy responses to address the political and institutional causes of the economic crisis while others have not? What accounts for the variation in policy responses?
  • How do different truth, accountability or impunity policies affect levels of political polarization and governmental stability?
  • In what ways, if any, does external conditionality such as that attached to IMF bailouts constrain domestic political elites from dealing with the past?
  • What is the relationship between policies of accountability and learning from the crisis?