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Austerity, Welfare and WorkExploring Politics, Geographies and Inequalities$
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David Etherington

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781447350088

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447350088.001.0001

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Introduction: the crisis and austerity neoliberalism

Introduction: the crisis and austerity neoliberalism

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(p.1) 1 Introduction: the crisis and austerity neoliberalism
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(p.i) Austerity, Welfare and Work
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David Etherington

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447350088.003.0001

The chapter provides an overview of the key arguments and structure to the book. Of central importance is to understand austerity as a class strategy involving labour discipline through attacks on social protection and employment relations. Central to the book’s argument is the need to understand the geographical nature of labour inequalities and impacts of austerity cuts in the ‘left behind’ regions. The chapter highlights the way industrial relations and employment relations inter link as Work first policies undermine employment rights and reinforce labour market insecurity and inequality. The chapter briefly outlines the role of agency and the capacities of trade unions and social movements to negotiate and resist austerity are seen as crucial to an understanding of the contemporary welfare and employment crisis. The origins of the book is outlined, arising from previous comparative work on the Danish welfare and employment model which provides relevant lessons when discussing the link between labour and social movements and welfare regimes and alternatives to neoliberalism

Keywords:   Austerity, Welfare reform, Employment relations, Inequalities, class struggle

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