Economic crisis and the politics of austerity

Authored by: Johanna Kantola , Emanuela Lombardo

The Routledge Handbook of Gender and EU Politics

Print publication date:  March  2021
Online publication date:  March  2021

Print ISBN: 9781138485259
eBook ISBN: 9781351049955
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The last decade of gender and EU politics has been strongly marked by the economic crisis that began in 2008 and the austerity politics that followed. The national economies of European countries such as Iceland, Ireland, Greece, Spain, Portugal and Italy were brought down and others were significantly affected. The Euro faced an existential crisis with the crisis in Greece spiralling. No sphere of society – including gender relations and politics – was completely out of the reach of the economic crisis.

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