Title Austerity
Subtitle The Lived Experience
Author Bryan M. Evans, Stephen McBride
ISBN 9781487522032
List price USD 36.95
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 368
Book size 153 x 229 mm
Publishing year 2017
Original publisher University of Toronto Press
Published in India by University of Toronto Press
Exclusive distributors Viva Books Private Limited
Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
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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


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.



Chapter 1: Austerity as Lived Experience: An Introduction (Bryan M. Evans and Stephen McBride)


Introduction: Manufacturing the Common Sense of Austerity (Bryan M. Evans and Stephen 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 D. Russell)


Introduction: Austerity on the Ground (Bryan M. Evans and Stephen 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 M. 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 M. 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 M. Evans)

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

Chapter 15: Conclusion (Stephen McBride and Bryan M. Evans)


About the Editors:

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.

Target Audience:

People interested in political science, economics, sociology and public policy administration.


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