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L’"austeritarismo" e l’Europa: quali vie per resistergli?

Hyman, Richard (2015) L’"austeritarismo" e l’Europa: quali vie per resistergli? Quaderni Rassegna Sindacale, 3. ISSN 0391-6944

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Abstract

AUSTERITARIANISM IN EUROPE: WHAT OPTIONS FOR RESISTANCE? In much of Europe, the social rights and social protections won in the post-war decades have been seriously eroded, and are further threatened by neoliberal austerity. Efforts to resist have been largely unsuccessful; but is an effective fight-back possible? In this paper I first outline the role of the European Union as a key driver of the recommodification of labour, through its growing emphasis on market "freedoms" as an overriding priority, and on "competitiveness" as the central policy objective for national governments. I discuss how this orientation has been reinforced by the economic crisis, and the ensuing pursuit of austerity and the imposition of «new economic governance. I then survey various forms of protest and opposition: both trade union action and the initiatives of "new" social movements. I suggest that a nuanced evaluation of their success and failure is necessary. In conclusion I argue that an effective articulation of different forms of resistance – cross-nationally and between different actors – is essential in order to stem the neoliberal hegemony.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.ediesseonline.it/riviste/qrs
Additional Information: © 2015 Ediesse
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Sets: Departments > Management
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2017 11:56
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2017 11:56
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/69488

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