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Austerity: The Lived Experience

Document type Book
Editor McBride, Stephen
Editor Evans, Brian
Publisher University of Toronto Press; Toronto
Date 2017
ISBN 978-1-4875-0257-7 978-1-4875-2203-2 978-1-4875-1558-4 978-1-4875-1559-1
Pages vii, 358 pages: illustrations


Bryan M. Evans, Stephen McBride, and their contributors delve further into the more practical, ground-level side of the austerity equation in Austerity: The Lived Experience. Economically, austerity policies cannot be seen to work in the way elite interests claim that they do. Rather than soften the blow of the economic and financial crisis of 2008 for ordinary citizens, policies of austerity slow growth and lead to increased inequality. While political consent for such policies may have been achieved, it was reached amidst significant levels of disaffection and strong opposition to the extremes of austerity. The authors build their analysis in three sections, looking alternatively at theoretical and ideological dimensions of the lived experience of austerity; how austerity plays out in various public sector occupations and policy domains; and the class dimensions of austerity. The result is a ground-breaking contribution to the study of austerity politics and policies.