Rich Versus Poor

Waltraud Schelkle

in The Oxford Handbook of the European Union

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199546282
Published online January 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Politics & International Relations

Rich Versus Poor


This article first gives an overview of the countries and regions that are rich and poor, and how this pattern evolved over time. The following section analyses the extent to which socio-economic disparities are politically relevant in the EU, and highlights reasons why the rich–poor distinction is less relevant than standard political economy arguments would lead one to expect. The final section takes up a question that may become of unfortunate relevance for the cohesiveness of the Union, namely whether poor member states such as Greece are necessarily more crisis-prone, making the poor–rich distinction more salient in the future.

Keywords: EU; member states; poor countries; rich countries; socio-economic disparities

Article.  5465 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; European Union

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