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The Changing Politics and Policy of Austerity

Stephen McBride, Bryan Evans, and Dieter Plehwe


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 austerity --fiscal consolidation and structural reforms to labour and the public sector. 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. The controversies around the pandemi ... More

Keywords: austerity, flexibilization, neoliberalism, collective bargaining, labour rights, precarious employment, trade unions, public policy, global finance, responsibilization

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Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781447359517
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447359517.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen McBride, editor
McMaster University

Bryan Evans, editor
Ryerson University

Dieter Plehwe, editor
University of Kassel

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