Austerity: The Lived Experience

Austerity: The Lived Experience

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Edited by Bryan M. Evans and Stephen McBride
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2017
World Rights
352 Pages
ISBN 9781487522032
Available Oct 2017
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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.

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.

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.

Chapter 1 Austerity as Lived Experience: An Introduction

Bryan Evans and Stephen McBride


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


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


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