Orchestrating Austerity: Impacts and Resistance

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    Donna Baines, Stephen McBride

    Publisher: Fernwood

    Year: 2014

    Format: Paperback

    Size: 224 pages

    ISBN: 9781552666852

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Following the 2007–08 global financial crisis, Western nations engaged a variety of measures that departed quite dramatically from conventional neoliberal wisdom. However, these policies were quickly succeeded by what we now call “austerity” measures. This collection engages with the question: Is there something new in this era of austerity, or should this be understood as a continuation and intensification of earlier forms of neoliberalism? Finally, Jim Stanford’s afterword probes to the heart of the question of why austerity in the first place.

About the Editors

Donna Baines is the director and a professor in the School of Social Work at the University of British Columbia. She is editor of Doing Anti-Oppressive Practice, co-editor (with Stephen McBride) of Orchestrating Austerity and co-author of Case Critical. Her research and teaching interests include anti-oppressive theory and practice, paid and unpaid care work and social justice change.

Stephen McBride, Professor and Director of the Centre for Global Political Economy, specializes in political economy, and comparative public policy, and Canadian politics. He is the author of Not Working: State, Unemployment and Neo-conservatism in Canada (1992) which won the 1994 Smiley prize, and Paradigm Shift: Globalization and the Canadian State (2001; 2nd edition 2005). He is the co-author of Dismantling a Nation: Canada and the New World Order (1993; 2nd edition 1997) and several co-edited volumes: Global Turbulence: Social Activists’ and State Responses to Globalization (2003), Global Instability: Uncertainty and New Visions in Political Economy (2002), Globalization and its Discontents (2000), and Power in a Global Era (2000). Stephen McBride is a professor in the Department of Political Science and Canada Research Chair in public policy and globalization at McMaster University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction (Donna Baines & Stephen McBride)
PART 1: A CONTEXT OF AUSTERITY
“In Austerity We Trust” (Stephen McBride)
Structural Adjustment for the North (Robert O’Brien & Falin Zhang)
The Strategic Use of Budget Crisis (Ellen Russell)
Neoliberalism, Inequality and Austerity in Rich World Democracies (John Peters)
PART 2: CONTRADICTIONS
Austerity, Gender Equality and Canadian Unions (Linda Briskin with Sue Genge, Margaret McPhail & Marion Pollack)
Social Democracy in the New Age of Austerity (Bryan Evans)
Neoliberalism and Austerity as Class Struggle (Eric Pineault)
PART 3: INSECURITIES
Bridging the Gap (Wayne Lewchuk, Sam Vrankulj & Michelynn Laflèche)
Austerity Now, Poverty Later (Rachel Zhou)
Austerity, Job Training and Aboriginal People (Shauna MacKinnon)
Minority Nationalism in a Time of Austerity (Peter Graefe & Brent Toye)
PART 4: PUBLIC SECTOR: TARGETS AND RESISTANCE
P3s and the Value for Money Illusion (Heather Whiteside)
Ideology in the Classroom (Andy Hanson)
Care Work in the Non-Profits (Donna Baines)
Why Austerity? (Jim Stanford)
Bibliography

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