1st Edition

Economics and Austerity in Europe Gendered impacts and sustainable alternatives

Edited By Hannah Bargawi, Giovanni Cozzi, Susan Himmelweit Copyright 2017
    230 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    230 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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

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    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.


    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.