Document Type


Date of Degree

Spring 2014

Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)

Degree In

International Studies

First Advisor

Sandra Sousa

Second Advisor

Thomas Lewis


In 2009 the sovereign debt crisis started in the European Union. Every member state was involved in the financial turmoil, in particular Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece, and Spain. Why were these countries effected more so? Were they still committed to core ideas of the European Union? This paper will review this topic through the perspective of Portugal. Being a former colonial power, once having an authoritative government, and now a full-fledged member of the European Union, Portugal has a unique story to tell about the crisis at hand. This paper will evaluate different European Union principles involving gender equality, tertiary education, politics, and economics while comparing how Portugal ranks in Europeanization to the European Union specifically during the sovereign debt crisis. This paper will conclude by summarizing these topics, analyzing triumphs and setbacks, and hypothesizing Portugal's future in regard to their Europeanization of European Union standards and the current sovereign debt crisis the country faces today.


Europeanization, European Union, Eurozone Crisis, Portugal, Sovereign Debt Crisis


viii, 115 pages


Includes bibliographical references (pages 104-115).


Copyright 2014 Alia Chanel Gant