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The Austerity State (Paperback)
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The Austerity State (Paperback)

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Paperback 352 Pages / Published: 31/08/2017
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The fall-out from the economic and financial crisis of 2008 had profound implications for countries across the world, leading different states to determine the best approach to mitigating its effects. In The Austerity State, a group of established and emerging scholars tackles the question of why states continue to rely on policies that, on many levels, have failed. After 2008, austerity policies were implemented in various countries, a fact the contributors link to the persistence of neoliberalism and its accepted wisdoms about crisis management. In the immediate aftermath of the 2008 collapse, governments and central banks appeared to adopt a Keynesian approach to salvaging the global economy. This perception is mistaken, the authors argue. The "austerian" analysis of the crisis is ahistorical and shifts the blame from the under-regulated private sector to public, or sovereign, debt for which public authorities are responsible. The Austerity State provides a critical examination of the accepted discourse around austerity measures and explores the reasons behind its continued prevalence in the world.

Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 9781487521950
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 530 g
Dimensions: 228 x 154 x 21 mm


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"The Austerity State addresses major themes that are crucial for political economy in our century."

- Paul Kellogg, Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies, Athabasca University

"The Austerity State's analyses of the causes and thinking behind the austerity policies of North American and European governments in our time make a very useful contribution to scholarship. The accounts here of the actual practices and social impacts of austerity policies are also so timely and up to date - and so much of the previous literature is broadly and deeply canvassed - that this book can be expected to immediately find its way onto the reading lists of a broad range of university courses."

- Leo Panitch, Senior Scholar, Emeritus Distinguished Research Professor of Political Science and Canada Chair in Comparative Political Economy, York University

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