Greek Crisis/Referendum (Start here)

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This is a project of our Sustainable Development, Economy and  Democracy and (SD/ED) open series of seminars, master classes and collaborative research projects (see htpp:// for details).

The present series offering a range of views and media coverage of the much contested and extremely important Greece/Europe crisis of summer 2015 has been brought together here both for the information of those who follow our work, and also as a set of base materials for future research projects and student theses in this program.

This section of Battle of Ideas 2015 looks at and reports on the Greek/European crisis that started to take its full shape and dimensions with a decision of  the leader of  the Greek coalition government, Alexis Tsipras, who had previously indicated that he might be obliged to call a referendum, or even national elections, if Greece was not able to secure an acceptable agreement in the restructuring negotiations from the Troika.

After an nth breakdown in the negotiations, Tsipras announced on the morning of 27 June that a national referendum would be held on Sunday 5 July. The materials and references collected under this section are intended to give a convenient starting point for researchers, students and auditors interested to develop their own informed views on these topics. It is expected that their eventual work and contributions will also be shared here in due course.

We find the coverage particularly interesting since it points up the considerable differences in the values, approaches and political thinking of mainline economics in contrast with the positions of Keynesian and post-Keynesian thinking and practice.

To follow our coverage:

*  SDED on the Greek Crisishere.

*  SDED Facebook Coverage:  – here.

The following also provide cUrrent references from international  sources of high quality and with quite different points of view:

* Financial Times on Greece –

* Paul Krugman on Greece –

* The Economist on Greece –

* The Guardian on Greece –

* Wikipedia page on Referendum – (useful external references)

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About the editor:

Eric Britton
9, rue Gabillot, 69003 Lyon France

Bio: Educated as a development economist, Francis Eric Knight Britton is an American political scientist, teacher and sustainability activist who has taught and worked on missions and advisory assignments on all continents. Professor of Sustainable Development, Economy and Democracy at the Institut Supérieur de Gestion, he is MD of EcoPlan Association, an independent non-profit advisory network providing strategic counsel for government and business on policy and decision issues involving complex systems, social-technical change, incomplete information, civil society and sustainable development. Founding editor of World Streets: The Politics of Transport in Cities. In the autumn of 2018 he committed his life work to the challenges of countering climate change from GHG emissions from the transport sector. (For more see Britton online at, @ericbritton. email at and Skype: newmobility

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