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The scissors of debt : comments from Southern Europe
Antentas, Josep Maria, 1976- (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Sociologia)
Vivas, Esther (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

Fecha: 2014
Resumen: The debt crisis and austerity policies are hitting the societies of Europe's Mediterranean periphery, particularly Portugal, Greece, and Spain, hard. With the onset of the economic crisis, a whole growth and development model based on low wages and property speculation has come crashing to the ground. But in addition, as a result of the adjustment measures implemented, the entire social model and the system of social rights won in previous decades have entered into crisis. The austerity measures affect welfare states that are particularly fragile compared with the European Union average. The Mediterranean countries, especially Portugal, Greece, and Spain, developed weak welfare states in comparison with the European Union as a whole. These countries established their welfare regimes later, in the 1970s, in an international context in which neoliberal policies were already gaining the upper hand as Keynesian policies were being abandoned (Rodríguez Cabrero 2004; Adelantado 2000). This does not mean, of course, that on a world-comparative scale the workers in Mediterranean Europe did not achieve a standard of social rights unheard of on other continents. But the future of these rights is now under threat from the austerity bulldozer.
Nota: Background of INCASI Project H2020-MSCA-RISE-2015 GA 691004. WP1: Compilation
Derechos: Tots els drets reservats
Lengua: Anglès.
Documento: article ; recerca ; publishedVersion
Materia: Debtocracy ; Debt payment ; Austerity measures ; Mediterranean countries ; Resistance to austerity
Publicado en: Women's studies quarterly, Vol. 42 Núm. 1-2 (Spring-Summer 2014) , p. 49-64, ISSN 1934-1520

DOI: 10.1353/wsq.2014.0015


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