This blog presents research into the so-called ‘age of austerity’, focusing especially on the UK and Spain, and highlighting the way in which neoliberal Europe has been contested, both before and after the global economic crisis of 2008 and the Eurozone crisis of 2010.

We are grateful to each of the activists who agreed to be interviewed as part of the research; and we hope that this blog highlights and helps to share some of the lessons learned by those who have sought to challenge and disrupt the austerity agenda pushed by the neoliberal European Union.

The main findings of the research are published in Beyond Defeat and Austerity: Disrupting (the Critical Political Economy of) Neoliberal Europe (2018, Rouledge/RIPE Series in Global Political Economy).

An introduction to the main themes of the book can be found in this audio from a recent  book launch event.

See also:

Huke, N., Bailey, D.J., Clua-Losada, M., Lux, J., Ribera-Almandoz, O., 2018, Disrupting European authoritarianism: Grassroots organizing, collective action and participatory democracy during the Eurozone crisis, tni paper

Bailey, D.J., Clua-Losada, M., Huke, N., Ribera-Almandoz, O. and Rogers, K., 2016, ‘Challenging the age of austerity: Disruptive agency after the global economic crisis‘, Comparative European Politics.

Huke, N., Clua-Losada, M. and Bailey, D.J., 2015 ‘Disrupting the European Crisis: a Critical Political Economy of Contestation, Subversion and Escape‘, New Political Economy 20:5, 725-751.

The book has also been, or is due to be, presented at the following:

Department of Politics, University of York, civil society workshop, 6 June 2018, presented by David Bailey

Critical European Workshop, Reconfiguring global Europe: resistance, resilience, and organisation, Central European University,  Budapest, 11-12 May 2018

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Political Science Colloquium Series, 23 March 2018, presented by Mònica Clua-Losada.

University of Birmingham, Department of Political Science and International Studies, Department Seminar, 22 November 2017, presented by David Bailey

David J. Bailey, University of Birmingham

Mònica Clua-Losada, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Nikolai Huke, Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen

Olatz Ribera-Almandoz, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona

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