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Contesting Austerity

A Socio-Legal Inquiry

Editor(s): Anuscheh Farahat, Xabier Arzoz
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Published: 29-07-2021
Format: EPUB eBook (?)
Edition: 1st
Extent: 416
ISBN: 9781509942824
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Series: Oñati International Series in Law and Society
RRP: £67.50
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About Contesting Austerity

This book addresses the different forms of austerity, contestation and resistance, in order to understand how they relate to one another and the impact they have on the democratic quality of public debates, the trust in public institutions and the legitimacy of law.

Contestation of austerity includes not only traditional activism strategies such as human rights litigation and direct democracy instruments, but also new forms of collective action and collaborative resistance. Most importantly, many of the new anti-austerity initiatives also aim to renovate existing modes of democratic decision-making on the European, national, regional and local levels. The book focuses on different types of contesting austerity measures and the interaction between institutional and civil society actors. It will enhance understanding of how the various actors frame not only their goal but also the underlying social conflict to contest austerity and through which means they try to achieve political and legal changes.

With 16 chapters written by contributors from Spain, Germany, Greece, Portugal and the UK, the book approaches 3 crucial areas of austerity policies: cuts in payment and pensions, labour law reform, and old and new poverty. In each field, the contributors analyse the processes of decision-making and contestation from 3 perspectives: institutions, democratic theory and societal responses.

Table Of Contents

Introduction: Contestation and Integration in Times of Crisis
Anuscheh Farahat (University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany) and Xabier Arzoz (University of the Basque Country, Spain)

Part I - Contestation, Politicisation and Democracy: A Sensitive Virtuous Circle?
1. The Relevance of Political Theory in Times of Austerity
Martin Nonhoff (University of Bremen, Germany)
2. New Forms of Government Induced by Crisis Management
Miguel Azpitarte (University of Granada, Spain)
3. Unravelling the Politicisation-Depoliticisation-Nexus of Decontestory Politics during the Euro-Crisis
Marius Hildebrand (University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany)
4. Integration through Crisis: A New Mode of European Integration?
Nicole Scicluna (University of Hong Kong)

Part II - Austerity Measures under European and National Judicial Review
5. Challenging Austerity before European Courts
Carlos Aymerich (University of Coruña, Spain)
6. (Re)Turning to Solidarity in EU Economic Governance: A Normative Proposal
Ana Bobic (Hertie School of Governance, Germany)
7. The Political Role of the Greek Council of State under Circumstances of Economic Emergency
Elisavet Lampropoulou (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany)
8. Taking Social Rights Seriously? The Spanish Case
Juli Ponce Solé (University of Barcelona, Spain)
9. Constitutional Adjudication as a Forum for Contesting Austerity: The Case of Portugal
Teresa Violante (University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany)

Part III - Contesting Labour Law Reforms
10. Contesting Austerity: The Role of Trade Unions in the UK
Keith Ewing (King's College London, UK)
11. The Role of Trade Unions in the Age of Austerity: Resistance and Power Resources in Portugal
Hermes Augusto Costa (University of Coimbra, Portugal)
12. By-Products of Austerity: Regionalisation of Collective Bargaining in Spain
Julia López (Pompeu Fabra University, Spain) and Sergio Canalda (Pompeu Fabra University, Spain)
13. International Labour Regulations as a Retaining Wall against Austerity: The Spanish Experience
Consuelo Chacartegui Jávega (Pompeu Fabra University, Spain) and Xabier Arzoz (University of the Basque Country, Spain)

Part IV - Asymmetries and Competing Rationales in the Contestation of Austerity
14. Socio-Economic Rights Enforcement and Resource Allocation in Times of Austerity: The Case of Greece 2015-2018
Akritas Kaidatzis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)
15. Labour Gender Gaps and EU VET Policy: Young Women with Low Educational Attainment
Núria Pumar Beltrán (University of Barcelona, Spain)
16. Age and the Politics of Austerity: The Case of Spain
Pau-Marí Klose (Spanish Parliament) and Francisco Javier Moreno-Fuentes (Spanish National Research Council)

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