Greek voters reject austerity

The Syriza party wins a major victory in Greece, forming an alliance with right-wing opponents to austerity (or, more specifically, to following the orders of Germany and the EU). I wish I had time to read much more about what’s happening in Europe, so I’ll just have to save it …

IMF critiqued internally for austerity response

BY ANNA YUKHANANOVWASHINGTON Tue Nov 4, 2014 Reuters – The International Monetary Fund ignored its own research and pushed too early for richer countries to trim budgets after the global financial crisis, the IMFs internal auditor said on Tuesday. The Washington-based multilateral lender, concerned about high debt levels and large …

“The Social Geographies of Recession and Austerity”

I just stumbled on this great list of resources from early this year, on a blog by Alison Stenning: Some really great blogs have emerged over the past few years as people have tried to document their own, and others’, struggles with austerity.  There’s an article about some of these blogs here. These are …

How Austerity Kills

Over a year ago I saved an article that caught my eye – Businessweek, of all sources, reporting on a study connecting austerity and a spike in HIV in Greece: HIV infections among drug users in Greece jumped more than 20-fold in fewer than two years, fueled by a lack …

China state auditor warns over local government debt levels | Reuters

China’s state auditor warned on Monday that debt levels among local governments are rising and the financial burdens and risks are not being properly managed, adding to concerns over the health of the country’s financial system. Sounds familiar. Read: China state auditor warns over local government debt levels | Reuters.

It’s Official: Austerity Economics Doesn’t Work : The New Yorker

The sheen is starting to fade from the idea of austerity, and the U.K. is explicitly admitting as much. Cassidy claims that the U.S. has served as a “control” case, with the Obama Administration pursuing a Keynesian approach to Britain’s neoliberal one. I think that’s a debatable characterization of what …

The Myth of the Exploding Welfare State

A great piece from Martin Eiermann in the Huffington Post last month about the assumption (“myth”) that the welfare state (public spending, entitlements, etc.) is blamed for fiscal crisis at all levels of government. The same narrative prevails in U.S. politics, especially as we teeter over the “fiscal cliff.” Five …

Austerity, then and now

I saved this article almost a year ago, but I came back to it while thinking of how things in Europe have unfolded over that year, and how austerity has become a more loaded term across the Atlantic, even as it . Cowell begins by lamenting (I think, his tone …