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Economics and Austerity in Europe

Gendered impacts and sustainable alternatives, 1st Edition

Edited by Hannah Bargawi, Giovanni Cozzi, Susan Himmelweit


208 pages | 18 B/W Illus.

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The full impact of austerity policies across Europe is still being assessed, but it is clear that their gendered impacts have been consistently severe, structural and manifold. They have also been, until now, under-researched and under-estimated.

This book brings together the research of leading feminist economists in the area of gender and austerity economics to perform a rigorous gender-impact analysis both at national and pan-European levels. The chapters not only offer thorough evidence for the detrimental gender-impact of austerity policies across Europe, but they also provide readers with concrete suggestions of alternative policies that national governments and the European Union should adopt. With a combination of country case studies and cross-country empirical analysis, this book reveals the scope and channels through which women and men have been impacted by austerity policies in Europe, and goes on to offer readers the opportunity to assess the feasibility and implications of a feminist alternative to continued austerity.

This book will be invaluable to social science students and researchers, as well to as policy-makers searching not just for a Plan B to continued austerity policies but for a Plan F – a feminist economic strategy to stimulate sustainable economic recovery.

Table of Contents

Table of contents

List of figures

List of tables

Foreword. Zita Gurmai




Austerity and after: the case for a gender approach. Hannah Bargawi, Giovanni Cozzi and Susan Himmelweit.

PART 1. Theorising on gender, austerity and policy alternatives

  1. A gender equitable macroeconomic framework for Europe. Diane Elson
  2. A feminist alternative to austerity: the purple economy as a gender egalitarian strategy for employment. Ipek Ilkkaracan
  3. The role of gender equality in an equality-led sustainable development strategy. Özlem Onaran

PART 2. Case studies on the impact of austerity policies on women and men

  1. Crisis, policy responses and gender: the Italian experience. Giovanna Vertova
  2. Gender equality and economic crisis: Ireland and the EU. Ursula Barry
  3. The effects of the economic crisis and austerity on gender equality in Spain and the Spanish regions. Elvira González Gago
  4. The gender impact of austerity in the UK under the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government, 2010-15. Howard Reed

PART 3. Alternative policies, the role of social infrastructure and the care economy

  1. Making the case for a gender-aware, investment led-recovery for Europe. Hannah Bargawi and Giovanni Cozzi
  2. A European gendered investment plan with formal childcare as a cornerstone. Lars Andersen and Signe Dahl
  3. Costing a feminist plan for a caring economy: the case of free universal childcare in the UK. Jerome De Henau


Explaining austerity and its gender impact. Susan Himmelweit.

About the Editors

Hannah Bargawi is Lecturer in Economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, UK.

Giovanni Cozzi is Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of Greenwich, London, and a member of the Greenwich Political Economy Research Centre (GPERC), UK.

Susan Himmelweit is Emeritus Professor of Economics at the Open University, UK.

About the Series

Routledge IAFFE Advances in Feminist Economics

The International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE) aims to increase the visibility and range of economic research on gender; facilitate communication among scholars, policymakers, and activists concerned with women's wellbeing and empowerment; promote discussions among policy makers about interventions which serve women's needs; educate economists, policymakers, and the general public about feminist perspectives on economic issues; foster feminist evaluations of economics as a discipline; expose the gender blindness characteristic of much social science and the ways in which this impoverishes all research - even research that does not explicitly concern women’s issues; help expand opportunities for women, especially women from underrepresented groups, within economics; and, encourage the inclusion of feminist perspectives in the teaching of economics.

The IAFFE book series pursues the aims of the organization by providing a forum in which scholars have space to develop their ideas at length and in detail. The series exemplifies the value of feminist research and the high standard of IAFFE-sponsored scholarship.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Economic Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General