Austerity: The Lived Experience

Edited by Bryan M. Evans and Stephen McBride

© 2017

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.

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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.

Austerity: The Lived Experience

Edited by Bryan M. Evans and Stephen McBride

© 2017

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.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.9in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

     "Austerity: The Lived Experience makes an important and timely contribution to current debates and literature on the impact of state policy during times of economic crisis."
    Thomas R. Klassen, Department of Political Science, York University

    "Austerity: The Lived Experience is a very welcome and much needed alternative to the mainstream narrative on the politics of austerity."


    Christian Rouillard, School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa
  • Author Information

    Bryan M. Evans is a professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University.


    Stephen McBride is a professor and Canada Research Chair in Public Policy and Globalization in the Department of Political Science at McMaster University.
  • Table of contents

    Chapter 1 Austerity as Lived Experience: An Introduction
    Bryan Evans and Stephen McBride

    PART ONE: THEORY AND IDEOLOGY

    Introduction: Manufacturing the Common Sense of Austerity
    Bryan Evans and McBride

    Chapter 2 Articulating Austerity and Authoritarianism: Re-imagining Moral Economies?
    John Clarke

    Chapter 3 Speaking Austerity: Policy Rhetoric and Design Beyond Fiscal Consolidation
    Sorin Mitrea

    Chapter 4 No Deal Capitalism:  Austerity and the Unmaking of the North American Middle Class
    Eric Pineault

    Chapter 5 Framing the Economic Case for Austerity: The “Expansionary Fiscal Contraction Hypothesis”
    Ellen Russell

    PART TWO: IMPACT AND CONSEQUENCES

    Introduction: Austerity on the Ground
    Evans and McBride

    Chapter 6 Care and Control in Long Term Care Work
    Donna Baines

    Chapter 7 ‘Negotiate Your Way Back to Zero’: Teacher Bargaining and Austerity in Ontario, Canada
    Brendan A. Sweeny and Robert S. Hickey

    Chapter 8 Austerity and the Low Wage Economy: Living and Other Wages
    Bryan Evans, Stephen McBride, and Jacob Muirhead

    Chapter 9 Immigration in an Age of Austerity: Morality, the Welfare State and the Shaping of the Ideal Migrant
    Susan Barrass and John Shields

    Chapter 10 Pension reforms in the context of the global financial crisis: A reincarnation of pension privatization through austerity
    Yanqiu Rachel Zhou and Shih-Jiun Shi

    PART THREE: CLASS, RESISTANCE, ALTERNATIVES

    Introduction: The Old Strategies Don’t Work. So What’s Possible?
    Bryan Evans and Stephen McBride

    Chapter 11 From Austerity to Structural Reform: The Erosion of the European Social Model(s)
    Christophe Hermann

    Chapter 12 Austerity of Imagination: Quebec’s Struggles in Translating Resistance into Alternatives
    Peter Graefe and Hubert Rioux

    Chapter 13 Social Democracy and Social Pacts: Austerity Alliances and their Consequences
    Bryan Evans

    Chapter 14 Austerity and Political Crisis: The Radical Left, the Far Right and Europe’s New Authoritarian Order
    Neil Burron

    Chapter 15 Conclusion

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