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Austerity

There can be little doubt that austerity has greatly impacted society in the ten years since it was implemented. Touted as a short, sharp adjustment to the economy in the wake of the 2008/09 financial crisis, the cuts and slashing of the welfare state has caused a multitude of harms to individuals, communities and society as a whole as a result.

Seven years since the publication of her book, Austerity Bites, Mary O'Hara talks in this Guardian article, about how austerity has wrecked lives and normalised hardship.

In this Transforming Society article, David Etherington, author of Austerity, Welfare and Work, explores how the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the huge social and economic divisions caused by austerity and how we can create a more socially just model.

As a publisher who has had tackling inequality at its heart for 25 years, we have published many research outputs that tackle the topic of austerity.


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