The Resource Austerity from the left : explaining the fiscal policies of social democratic parties in response to the great recession, Björn Bremer

Austerity from the left : explaining the fiscal policies of social democratic parties in response to the great recession, Björn Bremer

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Austerity from the left : explaining the fiscal policies of social democratic parties in response to the great recession
Title
Austerity from the left
Title remainder
explaining the fiscal policies of social democratic parties in response to the great recession
Statement of responsibility
Björn Bremer
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Austerity has come to define the post-crisis European political economy as the predominant policy response to the Great Recession since 2010. After a brief period of “emergency Keynesianism” from 2008 to 2010, even social democratic parties abandoned plans for deficit-spending and accepted austerity as the dogma of the day. Most of the existing literature attempts to explain this outcome either by pressures from financial markets or by the influence of external institutions, for example the European Union or the International Monetary Fund. However, social democratic parties also accepted fiscal orthodoxy in countries where the pressures from financial markets and external institutions were weak or absent, and thus they are not a sufficient explanation to explain austerity from the left. This thesis instead shifts the focus towards the popular coalitions that underlie macroeconomic policy by examining the elite and the popular politics of austerity. It argues that social democratic parties had both electoral and ideational reasons to support orthodox fiscal policies during the crisis, as they were trapped by the legacy of the Third Way that they had embarked upon prior to the crisis. On the one hand, social democratic parties believed that there was a high public support for fiscal consolidation. Influenced by the differentiation of interests among their traditional constituencies, they attempted to increase their economic credibility in order appeal to centre-left voters from the expanded middle class. On the other hand, social democratic parties were influenced by mainstream economic ideas. They drew on New Keynesianism, endogenous growth theory, and the social investment paradigm, which had become popular among social democrats at the end of the 20th century, to legitimize their support for the “austerity settlement” during the Great Recession. This combination of electoral and ideational forces created powerful pressures for social democrats to support orthodox economic policies over Keynesian deficit-spending which many failed to resist. To make this argument, this thesis combines qualitative and quantitative methods and draws on a wide range of empirical evidence. Among others, it uses evidence from quantitative content analysis, survey experiments as well as insights from over 40 elite interviews with leading social democratic politicians and policy-makers in Germany and the UK. In this way, the thesis studies both the popular and the elite politics of austerity in Western Europe and provides a new account of social democratic austerity
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FIE
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Bremer, Björn
Date time place
Defence date: 15 March 2019
Dewey number
339.520094
Dissertation note
Thesis (Ph. D.)--European University Institute (SPS), 2019
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no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
theses
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European University Institute
Series statement
  • EUI PhD theses.
  • EUI theses
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  • Financial crises
  • Fiscal policy
  • Socialist parties
Label
Austerity from the left : explaining the fiscal policies of social democratic parties in response to the great recession, Björn Bremer
Link
http://hdl.handle.net/1814/61889
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Examining Board: Professor Hanspeter Kriesi, European University Institute (Supervisor); Professor Dorothee Bohle, European University Institute; Professor Herbert Kitschelt, Duke University; Professor Jonas Pontusson, University of Geneva
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 239 - 272)
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
30 cm.
Extent
xiv, 327 pages
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1103600328
Label
Austerity from the left : explaining the fiscal policies of social democratic parties in response to the great recession, Björn Bremer
Link
http://hdl.handle.net/1814/61889
Publication
Note
Examining Board: Professor Hanspeter Kriesi, European University Institute (Supervisor); Professor Dorothee Bohle, European University Institute; Professor Herbert Kitschelt, Duke University; Professor Jonas Pontusson, University of Geneva
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 239 - 272)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
30 cm.
Extent
xiv, 327 pages
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1103600328

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