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dc.contributor.authorDonnelly, Faye
dc.contributor.authorVlcek, William
dc.identifier.citationDonnelly , F & Vlcek , W 2017 , ' Drowning the Greek economy : injurious speech and sovereign debt ' , Finance and Society , vol. 3 , no. 1 , pp. 51-71 .
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dc.description.abstractDrawing on Judith Butler’s concept of injurious speech, this article conceptualises the ‘Grexit’ crisis as a series of performances. More specifically, we investigate how the Greek government framed the bailout plans tabled by the Troika as a form of torture. By adopting phrases such as ‘fiscal water-boarding’, ‘asphyxiation’, and ‘suicide’, the Syriza government sought to narrate the harm inflicted on Greece by its creditors. Paying attention to this language is important as it casts new light on how Greek sovereign debt has been framed, negotiated, and contested. In many ways, the overarching objective of this article is to tell a different story that takes discursive transitivity and restaging into account. By shifting the emphasis onto injurious speech, the article also brings the unintended effects of this language into focus. Despite the recurrent accusations made by Syriza as it attempted to resolve the Greek sovereign debt crisis, this article questions whether their bargaining strategy ‘misfired’. On closer consideration, we find that the injurious speech acts performed by the Syriza government compromised their ability to negotiate a third bailout deal in 2015. The observations remind us that words can wound in ambivalent ways.
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dc.rights© The Author(s). This is an Open Access journal. All material is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence, unless otherwise stated.en
dc.subjectInjurious speechen
dc.subjectSovereign debt crisisen
dc.subjectFiscal waterboardingen
dc.subjectThe Troikaen
dc.subjectJZ International relationsen
dc.subjectJN Political institutions (Europe)en
dc.subjectHB Economic Theoryen
dc.subjectHG Financeen
dc.titleDrowning the Greek economy : injurious speech and sovereign debten
dc.typeJournal articleen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.School of International Relationsen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Centre for Global Law and Governanceen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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