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North South Europe Divide

What Really Divides Northern and Southern Europe?

Fabrizio Tassinari | Posted 07.08.2014 | World
Fabrizio Tassinari

What distinguishes the two halves of Europe, argues political scientist Francis Fukuyama, is the presence, in the North, of a "political coalition protecting the autonomy of the bureaucracy." Here civil service is largely perceived as impartial and entrusted with providing continuity to policymaking. Governance failures in Southern Europe, on the other hand, are inextricably tied to more or less pervasive forms of clientelism, which buries merit and frustrates reforms.