Bruised but not beaten: the persistence of austerity in Europe

Lovering, Ian Alexander (2017) Bruised but not beaten: the persistence of austerity in Europe. Journal of European Integration. ISSN 0703-6337

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Abstract

State responses to the global financial and European sovereign debt crisis have been dominated by a paradigm of austerity. This paradigm has called for the reduction of public expenditure on the basis that recent economic crises were caused by excessive public spending and debt. In contrast to explanations of austerity’s persistence that focus on the role of powerful actors or institutions, this article will highlight the role of discourse and argumentation. To do so, the article presents a political claims analysis of public debates on austerity in the mass media in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland between 2010 and 2013. In doing so, the article contributes to broader discussions on the resilience of neoliberalism since the global financial and European sovereign debt crises by calling for a greater appreciation of the variegated nature of austerity’s application in different national contexts.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Discourse, financial crisis, sovereign debt crisis, austerity, mass media, neoliberalism
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN0030 European Union. European Community. European communities
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN0101 Great Britain
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN1395 Ireland
Depositing User: Ian Alexander Lovering
Date Deposited: 30 May 2017 11:40
Last Modified: 31 May 2017 11:53
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/68267

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University of Sussex ESRC Doctoral Training Centre DTG 2011G0656ESRC-ECONOMIC & SOCIAL RESEARCH COUNCILES/J500173/1