Category Archives: Crises Resistance and Alternatives

This page contains posts on the causes and consequences of the 2008 crash, the ensuing economic crisis and austerity policies as well as posts relating to innovative projects, initiatives and ideas that seek to overcome, resist or attenuate austerity and crash fallout

The Haringey Development Vehicle – a Triumph of Local Democracy against Gentrification

Tweet Following the resignation of Claire Kober, the beleaguered Labour leader of Haringey Council, the controversial Haringey Development Vehicle – or HDV – looks set to be dead and buried. But was the anti-HDV campaign really propelled by the so-called … Continue reading

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The 2018 Mexican presidential results: between Lula, Messi and the Bolivarian Revolution

Tweet In today’s post Dr. Valeria Guarneros-Mesa reflects on the recent electoral victory in Mexico of Andrés Manuel López Obrador. She argues that ‘AMLO’s’ victory is an important win for the Latin American left that is likely to follow a … Continue reading

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Municipal What? Reflections on #municipalsocialism in the 21st century

Tweet Dr Bertie Russell – research associate at the University of Sheffield’s Urban Institute and contributor to our recent Municipal Socialism conference – offers some core reflections on the role of municipalist political strategies for the 21st Century. Central to … Continue reading

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Portugal and austerity: what European model?

Tweet In today’s blog post, Roberto Falanga and Simone Tulumello describe the trajectory of Portuguese austerity politics, from the post-crash bailout. Portugal is often held up as an example of anti-austerity politics, especially by the left in other countries. Roberto … Continue reading

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Patterns of Neoliberalisation and Resistance

Tweet Professor Jonathan Davies introduces a new paper “Austerity Urbanism: Patterns of Neoliberalisation and Resistance in Six Cities of Spain and the UK”. The paper is co-authored with Ismael Blanco and published in Environment and Planning A. The article is … Continue reading

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Interrogating Urban Crisis

Tweet In today’s post, Professor Jonathan Davies explains the arguments developed in the introductory piece to a special issue of Urban Studies on the governance, contestation and critique of urban crises. The paper, co-authored by Jonathan, Mustafa Bayırbağ  and Sybille … Continue reading

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Labour-Centred Development in Latin America: Two cases of alternative development

Tweet In todays post, Adam Fishwick offers an overview of the main arguments and highlight some of the key empirical findings of research published recently in Geoforum. Co-authored with Ben Selwyn, the article discusses alternative models of development that go beyond … Continue reading

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Austerity and welfare cuts

Tweet In today’s post, Ines Newman discusses the implications of current and future welfare reforms, including the cuts planned for April. She argues that this will lead to increasing inequality and poverty, rising household debt levels with higher levels of … Continue reading

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Why network governance won’t stop climate change

Tweet In today’s post Professor Jonathan Davies draws on Gramscian theory to argue that network governance ideology fails to engage with real power structures, and that state-society partnerships cannot stop climate change. This post was originally published on the Innovations … Continue reading

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Spanish Elections 26J: The Challenges for Unidos Podemos

Tweet In this blog post Juan Carlos Monedero, co-founder of Podemos and Professor of Political Science at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, reflects on the results of the Spanish elections on the 26th June, and their significance for the development … Continue reading

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