Social Policy in Times of Austerity

Towards a New International Political Economy of Welfare

Edited by Kevin Farnsworth and Zoë Irving

Social Policy in Times of Austerity

Edited by Kevin Farnsworth and Zoë Irving

Distributed for Bristol University Press

224 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2015
Paper $45.95 ISBN: 9781447319122 Published November 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $105.00 ISBN: 9781447319115 Published November 2015 For sale in North and South America only
The effects of the 2008 financial crisis were ameliorated by large-scale social policy interventions, which both helped limit the depth and duration of the crisis and softened its worst effects on citizens. Yet in the wake of the crisis, those very same social policies and the welfare state they support have come under attack.

There is, however, reason to be optimistic, argue the contributors to Social Policy in Times of Austerity. Bringing together leading scholars engaged in the debate over austerity and the future of the welfare state, the book traces the strong currents of resistance to austerity that continue to thrive within organizations, governments, and the citizenry at large.
Varieties of austerity: welfare reform in challenging times
Kevin Farnsworth and Zoë Irving

The Politics of Austerity
Michael Hill

Neo-Liberalism, Finance-Dominated Accumulation, and the Cultural Political Economy of Austerity
Bob Jessop

The economics of austerity
Stephen Mcbride

The struggle over austerity
Frances Fox-Piven and Lorraine Minnite

Alternatives to Austerity
Dexter Whitfield and John Spoehr

Conclusion: Welfare in the ‘new’ age of austerity
Kevin Farnsworth and Zoë Irving
Review Quotes
Citizen’s Income Newsletter
“[The editors] are tackling an important agenda when they bring together a range of contributions on different aspects of the idea and practice of austerity.”
Lavinia Mitton, University of Kent
“This is sure to be an influential book on the contemporary literature on the politics of austerity. Featuring insightful contributions by some of the foremost theorists in social policy, the book offers a remarkably powerful analysis of governments’ recent overhauls of social policies.”
Peter Starke, University of Southern Denmark
“A timely, thought-provoking collection of critical scholarship which helps to better understand the ideology, politics, and economics of austerity in contemporary welfare states and presents the reader with alternatives to the standard policy prescriptions of today.”
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