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Postscript: a very Baltic tragedy - the collapse of the Maxima supermarket in Riga, Latvia
Linköping University, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1933-3847
University of East Carolina, NC, USA.
2014 (English)In: The contraditions of austerity: the socio-economic costs of the neoliberal Baltic model / [ed] Jeffrey Sommers and Charles Woolfson, London and New York: Routledge, 2014, 149-173 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The roof collapse of the Maxima supermarket in Riga, Latvia on November 21, 2013 left 54 dead. This analysis identifies the disaster as a “safety crime.” Neoliberal deregulatory measures, intensified by the global economic and financial crisis and a programme of radical austerity, together with corporate and state disregard of public safety and well-being, combined to produce the disaster. The wider context and underlying causes of catastrophic safety failure exemplify the inherently contradictory character of the neoliberal “Baltic model” of austerity, recently much in vogue with international policymakers in both Europe and the United States. The authors conclude that the current renewed drive by the European Commission towards reducing regulation for business, especially in the aftermath of the crisis, further justifies longstanding anti-regulatory preferences of neoliberal domestic elites, with the result that the costs of disregard for public safety are externalized onto the general populace.

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London and New York: Routledge, 2014. 149-173 p.
, Routledge studies in the European economy, 30
Keyword [en]
neoliberalism, Baltic states, austerity, Maxima, corporate crime, deregulation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-108997ISBN: 978-0-415-82003-5OAI: diva2:735065
Available from: 2014-07-22 Created: 2014-07-22 Last updated: 2014-10-29Bibliographically approved

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