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Austerity, Welfare and Work: Exploring Politics, Geographies and Inequalities

David Etherington


The book provides fresh perspectives on the link between welfare policy and employment relations. A central argument of the book is that austerity in the work first policies (including Universal Credit) play a key role in attacking both social and employment rights. The book analyses the role and strategies of trade unions and civil society organisations in contesting the reform agenda demonstrating the importance of union organisation and bargaining for welfare policies. The geographies of austerity play a central role in the politics of welfare, with the ‘left behind’ regions, bearing the br ... More

Keywords: Austerity, Welfare, Trade unions, Social movements, Devolution, Regional inequality, inequalities

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781447350088
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447350088.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Etherington, author
Staffordshire University