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The Changing Politics and Policy of Austerity

Edited by Stephen McBride, Bryan Evans and Dieter Plehwe

Published

Sep 1, 2021

Page count

256 pages

ISBN

978-1447359517

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Sep 1, 2021

Page count

256 pages

ISBN

978-1447359524

Dimensions

Imprint

Policy Press
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    The Changing Politics and Policy of Austerity

    This collection of original essays explores the myriad expressions of austerity since the 2008 financial crisis.

    Case studies drawn from Canada, Australia and the European Union provide extensive comparative analysis of fiscal consolidation and the varied political responses against austerity. Contributions examine such themes as privatisation, class mobilization and resistance, the crisis of liberal democracy and the rise of the far right.

    The potential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in shaping future austerity and alternatives is signalled. Given the rapidly shifting terrain, this comprehensive handbook provides important insights into a complex and fast changing period of politics and policy.

    Stephen McBride is Canada Research Chair in Public Policy and Globalization and Professor in the Department of Political Science at McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada.

    Bryan Evans is Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada.

    Dieter Plehwe is Research Fellow in the Center for Civil Society Research ,WZB, Berlin Social Science Center, Germany, and Privatdozent (private lecturer) in the Department of Political Science at University of Kassel, Germany.

    Introduction ~ Bryan Evans, Stephen McBride and Dieter Plehwe

    PART 1: Austerity and the Promotion of the Private: Focus on Public Sector/ Public Finance

    Beyond Austerity: Pro-Public Strategies vs. PPP Scandals ~ Heather Whiteside

    Unintended Austerity? Financialization of the State and Harmonization of European Public Sector Accounts ~ Sebastian Botzem

    PART 2: Coping and Casualties: Labour and the Social

    Internal Devaluation in Germany and the Crises in Europe ~ Steffen Lehndorf

    Cash-for-Care, Precarity and Austerity: A Comparative Analysis of the Lived Experience of Work Under Personalisation Policies in Australia and Scotland ~ Donna Baines, Ian Cunningham, Phil James and Chandrima Roy

    Austerity and Social Innovation: The Case of Social Innovation Labs and Social Impact Bonds ~ Meghan Joy, John Shields and Siu Mee Cheng

    PART 3: Beyond Coping: Protest, Pathologies and the Development of Real Alternatives

    Politics as an Alternative to Constitutionalization ~ Stephen McBride

    There are many Alternatives! German Economic Advisory Councils and the Institutional Reproduction of Austerity Economics ~ Dieter Plehwe and Moritz Neujeffski

    Negotiated Austerity? A Comparative Survey of Social Concertation in Canada, Denmark, Ireland and Spain ~ Bryan Evans, Stephen McBride, and James Watson

    Disrupting austerity: Social Movements Against Neoliberal Debt Politics ~ Christoph Sorg

    Market populism, its Right-Wing Off-Spring, and Left Opposition ~ Ingo Schmidt

    Austerity Induced Populism: The Rise of the New Right ~ Hans-Jürgen Bieling

    Getting Ready for the Next One: Preparing a Stronger Progressive Response to Financial Meltdown ~ Jim Stanford

    Urban Austerity and its Failure – Limits and Options for an Institutional Path Change for a Social and Ecological Europe ~ Hans-Jürgen Urban and Sebastian Bödeker

    Conclusion ~ Bryan Evans, Stephen McBride and Dieter Plehwe