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Policy Speaker Series - KYLE HANNIMAN - Whose debt is it anyway? Subnational Debt and the Limits of Market Discipline

Thursday, March 23, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Robert Sutherland Hall
Room: 202
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The Eurozone debt crisis, Detroit’s bankruptcy and the rising debts of Canadian provinces remind us yet again of the challenges of managing government debt in decentralized currency unions. Some think the best way to discipline subnational borrowing is to signal to bond markets that the central government will not, under any circumstances, bail these governments out. But no-bailout pledges are rarely credible and, when they are, they may make subunits vulnerable to aggressive and fiscally damaging bouts of market discipline. This explains why many multi-level systems, including the Eurozone and Spain, are attempting to limit market discipline while constraining local borrowing through other, primarily political, means. Kyle Hanniman will discuss how these developments have played out in a number of multilevel systems, with a special emphasis on the Eurozone and the unusual Canadian case. 

Kyle Hanniman is an Assistant Professor of Political Studies and the Associate Director of the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations at Queen's University. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research interests include comparative federalism, political economy, public debt and Canadian politics. 

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