'I remember caresses, kisses, touching each other's hair. We had no sense that anything else existed' - Elena Penga, 'Heads' 'Nothing, not even the drowning of a child Stops the perpetual motion of the world' - Stamatis Polenakis, 'Elegy' Since the crisis hit in 2008, Greece has played host to a cultural renaissance unlike anything seen in the country for over thirty years. Poems of startling depth and originality are being written by native Greeks, émigrés and migrants alike. They grapple with the personal and the political; with the small revelations of gardening and the viciousness of streetfights; with bodies, love, myth, migration and economic crisis. In Austerity Measures, the very best of the writing to emerge from that creative ferment - much of it never before translated into English - is gathered for the first time. The result is a map to the complex territory of a still-evolving scene - and a unique window onto the lived experience of Greek society now.
The Impact of Austerity Measures on People and Local Government
There is a broad consensus that the impact of austerity measures on people in the United Kingdom will vary from place to place. However, what is less clear is that some people in some local authorities will be hit hardest. The pace in which cuts have been wielded by the coalition government has allowed local authorities little scope to maneuver and devise a good strategy for dealing with the huge loss of revenue in their local budgets. This book seeks to analyze how cutbacks pose severe challenges to local authorities in the United Kingdom, even threatening their ability to provide adequate delivery of benefits and public services to their constituents.
A revealing look at austerity measures that succeed—and those that don't Fiscal austerity is hugely controversial. Opponents argue that it can trigger downward growth spirals and become self-defeating. Supporters argue that budget deficits have to be tackled aggressively at all times and at all costs. Bringing needed clarity to one of today's most challenging economic issues, three leading policy experts cut through the political noise to demonstrate that there is not one type of austerity but many. Austerity assesses the relative effectiveness of tax increases and spending cuts at reducing debt, shows that austerity is not necessarily the kiss of death for political careers as is often believed, and charts a sensible approach based on data analysis rather than ideology.
The Great Recession was the largest crisis of capitalism since the Great Depression and the largest crisis in neoliberalism to date, sending shockwaves throughout the global economy. States scrambled to right the sinking capitalist ship in order to maintain high levels of accumulation. In Canada, as in so many other countries, the state introduced austerity measures aimed at organized labour and the broader working class. This volume explores the political economy of The Great Recession in Canada, and focuses on how labour has responded to the crisis, neoliberalism, and austerity measures. Table of Contents: 1. From Crisis To Austerity: An Introduction/Tim Fowler 2. The Canadian State and the Crisis: Theoretical and Historical Context/ Stephen McBride & Heather Whiteside 3. From the Great Recession of 2008-2009 to Fiscal Austerity: The Role of Inequality/Akhter Faroque and Brian K. MacLean 4. Neoliberalism, Capitalist Crisis, and Continuing Austerity in the Ontario State/Tim Fowler 5. Collective Bargaining in a Time of Austerity: Public-Sector Unions and the University Sector in Ontario/Mathew Nelson & James Meades 6. "We Will Fight This Crisis" Auto Workers Resist an Industrial Meltdown/ Bill Murnighan & Jim Stanford 7. The Decline of the Labour Movement: A Socialist Perspective/ Murray E.G. Smith & Jonah Butovsky 8. Labour's Response to the Crisis and the Future of Working-Class Politics/ David Camfield Endorsements: ..". a] thought-provoking collection on contemporary austerity and the attack on labour reveals how divergent interpretations of capitalist crisis frame different understandings of the contemporary crisis of the workers' movement." - Bryan D. Palmer is Canada Research Chair at Trent University, author of James P. Cannon and the Origins of the American Revolutionary Left, 1890-1928 and Editor of Labour/Le Travail. ..".a big-picture look at how Canadian governments and business sought solutions favouring the wealthy at the expense of an ever more constrained labour movement. The collection will be a critical read for anyone seeking a comprehensive account of the crisis and how Canada's politics of austerity have affected unions and workers across the country." - John Peters teaches labour studies at Laurentian University and is editor of Boom, Bust, Crisis: Labour, Corporate Power, and Politics in 21st Century Canada