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Social Movements and Social Policies: Political Challenges Under Austerity In The UK

White, Gregory (2016) Social Movements and Social Policies: Political Challenges Under Austerity In The UK. The Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Protest, 3 (2). pp. 17-32. ISSN 2330-1392. (KAR id:59730)

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The economic crisis of 2007/2008 presented a challenge to the welfare state in the UK, and, more

end of the austerity agenda, and subsequent tightening of welfare spending. If nothing else,

capitalism. As many academics and commentators have identified, however, the current period

the intricate and opaque links between western governments and the financial sector. During

affected by either the crisis itself – through loss of employment – or by the subsequent austerity

UK, and social policy more broadly, and, begins to suggest how social movements are seeking to

reasons as to why traditional forms of resistance and organisation – such as the mobilisations

The paper will conclude by considering the shift from trade unionism in the UK to post-crisis

pursuit of defending the principles of social welfare, and, ultimately, the welfare state.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Social movements; austerity; economic crisis; protest; social policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Gregory White
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2017 14:27 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 13:40 UTC
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