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Social Policy In Times of Austerity – Global economic crisis and the new politics of welfare - Policy Press Scholarship Online
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Social Policy In Times of Austerity: Global economic crisis and the new politics of welfare

Kevin Farnsworth and Zoë Irving


The trajectories of welfare states are being decided in hostile economic and political environments. Most are subject to austerity in one form or another, although the precise impact is uneven and variable. Even where countries have so far resisted austerity, many of them are planning to impose deep expenditure cuts in the future. What is also apparent however, is that austerity is about far more than spending cuts. It concerns the transformation of welfare states in the face of structural economic weakness and antithetical politics that exist within, but also go beyond, nation states. In this ... More

Keywords: social policy, austerity, global economic crisis, welfare state, neoliberalism, international social policy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781447319115
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447319115.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kevin Farnsworth, editor
University of York

Zoë Irving, editor
University of York

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