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

Spanish Elections 26J: The Challenges for Unidos Podemos

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 of … Continue reading

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The Vulnerabilities of Local Government Liveability Services

In today’s post, Paul O’Brien reports on the findings of recent research that highlights the dangers posed by changes in local government for the sustainability of basic ‘liveability’ services. The past month has been a tumultuous one for British politics. … Continue reading

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SOURCE: A Network for Change

In this post Federico Guerrieri introduces SOURCE, an online network coordinated by the New Economics Foundation, that is designed to catalyse collaboration between academics, policy professionals and civil society organisers from across Europe committed to tackling the biggest economic, environmental … Continue reading

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The Spanish Elections 26J: an incomplete transformation

In this post, Ricard Gomà reflects on the implications of the Spanish general election held on June 26, 2016. Ricard is professor of political science at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and has also had a distinguished career in Spanish and Catalan politics. He … Continue reading

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Austerity Urbanism – Scotland Style?

In today’s post Annette Hastings discusses ‘austerity urbanism’ in the Scottish context. It’s hard to counter the view that contemporary austerity is being realised to a large extent in and through what is happening in cities. Jamie Peck developed the … Continue reading

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Social exclusion and labour rights in the banlieues of Paris: Part II

In this blog, originally published by SPERI, CURAs Heather Connolly writes the second part of her blog series on social exclusion in Paris, and explains how trade union support for undocumented migrant workers is taking place in an atmosphere of growing stigmatisation and … Continue reading

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The austerity-security symbiosis

There are different ways in which austerity and security come hand in hand in contemporary political affairs. Three examples include Greece’s financial crisis and the socio-economic and political insecurity generated from the ideological disputes on whether to carry on with … Continue reading

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The Justin Trudeau Brand of Photogenic Austerity

This week’s guest contributor John Clarke argues that the Liberal Party and Justin Trudeau’s recent electoral victory in Canada is not one to be celebrated by the anti-austerity left. Rather than pursue alternative policies, we can expect the new Canadian … Continue reading

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Managing Flooding Crises: the Need for Common Sense

In this article Ed Thompson considers ‘local resilience’ as understood from an emergency management perspective, in relation to recent and past flooding. Almost on a yearly basis there seems to be a flooding crisis in some part of the UK, … Continue reading

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Social Exclusion and Labour Rights in the Banlieues of Paris

The terrorist attacks in Paris have again highlighted the problem of social divisions in France and the extent to which they lead to feelings of exclusion that in some way incite violent responses. It appears that some of the terrorists … Continue reading

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