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Austerity and the Demise of Social Europe: The Baltic Model versus the European Social Model
Linköping University, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. (REMESO)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1933-3847
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. (REMESO)
2016 (English)In: Globalizations, ISSN 1474-7731, E-ISSN 1474-774X, Vol. 13, no 1, 78-93 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article draws on the experience of the imposition of radical austerity measures in the Baltic states. It challenges the myth that austerity can be achieved in a socially and economically ‘costless’ manner. Baltic-style austerity has now become a template of ‘successful adjustment’ and a recipe for recovery of the Eurozone. The authors argue contra such ‘myth-making’ that austerity is compromising the longer run sustainability of societies that follow this path, while simultaneously ending prospects of the adhesion of a European ‘Social Model’ in the post-communist periphery. The article is a contribution to an emerging debate in academic and policy circles concerning the viability and future of Europe’s ‘Social Model’ in an age of austerity.

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Routledge, 2016. Vol. 13, no 1, 78-93 p.
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austerity, Baltic states, European Social Model, internal devaluation, neoliberalism
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Globalization Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-119397DOI: 10.1080/14747731.2015.1052623ISI: 000375231400006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-119397DiVA: diva2:822061
Available from: 2015-06-16 Created: 2015-06-16 Last updated: 2016-05-30

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