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Living in a COVID-19 Economy

Following the 2008 global financial crisis, we saw an economic downturn which trigged a period of welfare cuts, high rates of unemployment and increasing social inequality. As the COVID-19 pandemic forced economies to shut down, the world began to brace itself for an even greater period of economic instability, in which past research takes on renewed relevance.

We have created a collection of articles which examine economic crises and their effects on politics, poverty and social justice. 

Free access to the articles in the list collection has now expired. 

The collection explores the following themes:

Social impacts of recession and austerity 
Poverty and social security
The consequences of precarious work
Food insecurity
Economic risk
Neoliberalism, Capitalism and Marxism

Social impacts of recession and austerity 

Critical and Radical Social Work 
The crash 10 years on
Michael Lavalette

Policy & Politics 

Austerity in the making: reconfiguring social policy through social impact bonds
Meghan Joy and John Shields

Depoliticising austerity: narratives of the Portuguese debt crisis 2011–15 
Adam Standring

Local governance under austerity: hybrid organisations and hybrid officers [Open Access]
Madeleine Pill and Valeria Guarneros-Meza 

The impact of austerity on policy capacity in local government
Peter Eckersley and Paul Tobin

Longitudinal and Life Course Studies 
From the special issue The Impact of the Great Recession on Younger Workers

Editorial: The impact of the Great Recession on younger workers
Jon D. Miller

Young people and the Great Recession: Variations in the school-to-work transition in Europe and the United States
Ingrid Schoon and John Bynner

Labour market entry and early career mobility shortly before, during and after the Great Recession in Germany
Pia N. Blossfeld

The impact of the Great Recession on Generation X
Jon D. Miller and Claire Cepuran

The impact of the Great Recession on the ability of parents to fund their children's college education
Sandra Tang and Jon D. Miller

The impact of the Great Recession on educational pursuits in adulthood in the US
Lindsay H. Ryan

Families, Relationships and Societies
Beyond the ‘stop gap’: young (adult) women’s experiences of living with parents in the aftermath of the Greek austerity crisis
Julia Kazana-McCarthy

Coping with hard times: the role that support networks play for lone mother families in times of economic crisis and government austerity
James Canton

Poverty and social security

Journal of Poverty and Social Justice 
Winner ‐ 2019 Best Paper Prize of the Foundation for International Studies on Social Security 
Timing it right or timing it wrong: how should income-tested benefits deal with changes in circumstances?
Jane Millar and Peter Whiteford

An agenda for fixing the social security/welfare benefits system 
Sarah Batty and Michael Orton

Universal simplicity? The alleged simplicity of Universal Credit from administrative and claimant perspectives
Kate Summers and David Young

Basic income and a public job offer: complementary policies to reduce poverty and unemployment
Felix FitzRoy and and Jim Jin

Policy & Politics 
Legitimising a radical policy idea: framing basic income as a boost to labour market activity
Johanna Perkiö

Evidence & Policy 
Measuring the health impact of Universal Basic Income as an upstream intervention: holistic trial design that captures stress reduction is essential
Elliott Aidan Johnson, Matthew Thomas Johnson, and Laura Webber

Journal of Gender-Based Violence  
Poverty and domestic violence and abuse (DVA) in the UK
Eldin Fahmy and Emma Williamson

Critical and Radical Social Work
Universal Credit, lone mothers and poverty: some context and challenges for social work with children and families
Malcolm Carey and Sophie Bell

The consequences of precarious work

Longitudinal and Life Course Studies 
The quarter-life crisis? Precarious labour market status and mental health among 25-year-olds in England
Morag Henderson

Journal of Poverty and Social Justice
The impact of precarious employment on the health and wellbeing of UK immigrants: a systematic review
Michael Obinna Muoka and Monique Lhussier

Self-employment and social protection: understanding variations between welfare regimes
Slavina Spasova et al. 

Precariousness among solo self-employed workers: a German‐Dutch comparison 
Wieteke Conen and Karin Schulze Buschoff 

Families, Relationships and Socieites 
Becoming primary caregivers? Unemployed fathers caring alone in Spain 
Concepción Castrillo et al.

Journal of Psychosocial Studies
Unemployment: a psychoanalytic approach to families of unemployed workers
Belinda Mandelbaum

Critical and Radical Social Work
Entering precarious job markets in the era of austerity measures: the perceptions of Master of Social Work students
Karun Kishor Karki et al.

International Journal of Care and Caring
‘Personalised risk’ in paid care work and the impacts of ‘gig economy’ care platforms and other market-based organisations
Fiona Macdonald

Food insecurity

Voluntary Sector Review
"We're not a bottomless pit": food banks' capacity to sustainably meet increasing demand
Steve Iafrati 

Why do people use food banks? A qualitative study of food bank users in an English city
David Wainwright et al.

Feeding the debate: a local food bank explains itself
Heather Buckingham and Andy Jolley

Exploring volunteering in a food bank and psychological wellbeing
Simon Armour and Gil Barton

Journal of Poverty and Social Justice
The moral maze of foodbank use
David Beck and Hefin Gwilym

Taking stock of the ambiguous role of foodbanks in the fight against poverty
Tuur Ghys

‘The do-gooders and scroungers’: examining narratives of foodbank use in online local press coverage in the West Midlands, UK
Catherine Price et al.

Critical and Radical Social Work
The politics of hunger and the legacy of resistance in postcolonial social work
Melinda Madew and Jason M. Leung

Economic Risk 

Journal of Public Finance and Public Choice
Dangling at the Abyss: How Deadweight Costs and Political Attitudes May Prevent (or Induce) Collapse 
J. R. Clark and John Garen

Funding the fiscal commons: does a larger share of rich citizens hasten or delay the trip to default? 
Jody W. Lipford and Bruce Yandle

Market versus government failures under risk and under uncertainty
Giuseppe Ciccarone

Neoliberalism, Capitalism and Marxism

Global Discourse 
The politics of neoliberalisation and resistance in post-crash Northern Ireland
Seán Byers

Contemporary capitalism, uneven development, and the arc of anti-capitalism

Is homo oeconomicus an extinct species, and does it matter for EUropean integration? Attitudes towards free trade and populism
Bogna Gawroska-Nowak

Neoliberalism as a historical stage

From Domination to Emancipation and Freedom: Reading Ernesto Laclau's Post-Marxism in Conjunction with Philip Pettit's Neo-republicanism
Gulshan Khan

Rethinking the left: a view from Latin America

Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe: The Evolution of Post-marxism
Philip Goldstein

Journal of Psychosocial Studies
The psychosocial significance of social character, habitus and structures of feeling in research on neoliberal post-industrial work 
Luis Jimenez 

Critical and Radical Social Work

Social work, neoliberalism and authoritarianism: an analysis of the policy document 'Regulating social workers'
Hefin Gwilym

Using Fraser’s model of ‘progressive neoliberalism’ to analyse deinstitutionalisation and community care
Ian Cummins

Marx: alienation, commodity fetishism and the world of contemporary social work
Michael Lavalette and Iain Ferguson

Engels and the perennial housing crisis
Glyn Robbins