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Varieties of Austerity

By Heather Whiteside, Stephen McBride and Bryan Evans

Published

3 May 2021

Page count

208 pages

ISBN

978-1529212242

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

3 May 2021

Page count

208 pages

ISBN

978-1529212266

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
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    Varieties of Austerity

    Austerity is not always one-size-fits-all; it can be a flexible, class-based strategy taking several forms depending on the political-economic forces and institutional characteristics present.

    This important book identifies continuity and variety in crisis-driven austerity restructuring across Canada, Denmark, Ireland and Spain. In their analysis, the authors focus on several components of austerity, including fiscal and monetary policy, budget narratives, public sector reform, labor market flexibilization, and resistance. In so doing, they uncover how austerity can be categorized into different dynamic types, and expose the economic, social, and political implications of the varieties of austerity.

    Heather Whiteside is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo and Fellow at the Balsillie School of International Affairs.

    Stephen McBride is Professor of Political Science and Canada Research Chair in Public Policy and Globalization at McMaster University.

    Bryan Evans is Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University and is Director of the Centre for Policy Innovation and Public Engagement.

    Introduction: Theoretical Framework and Empirics;

    Political Economy of Debt and Finance;

    Politics of Public Money;

    Public Sector Restructuring;

    Labour Market Flexibility and Restructuring;

    Institutionalizing Precarity and Low Wage Work;

    Resistance and Its Limits;

    Conclusion.