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    Austerity stats: Making sense of cuts and changes to official statistics under the coalition

Austerity stats: Making sense of cuts and changes to official statistics under the coalition

Four years into the coalition, an interesting picture of “austerity statistics” is emerging. Deciding which statistics might be superfluous involves debates about what official statistics should be measuring and why and for whom they are prepared. This in turn raises question for the role of traditional statistical and social-scientific expertise in government, writes Alex Fenton.

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    Public debt, GDP growth, and austerity: why Reinhart and Rogoff are wrong

Public debt, GDP growth, and austerity: why Reinhart and Rogoff are wrong

Since the beginning of the financial crisis in 2008 austerity has been the cornerstone of economic policies in the U.S. and Europe. In 2010, these policies were given a significant boost by the publication of research by Harvard University Professors Reinhart and Rogoff, which stated that cutting public spending to control deficits, would help to restart economic growth. Robert Pollin discusses new […]

March 8th, 2014|USAPP|3 Comments|

The government is dealing with a challenging dilemma in reconciling their austerity agenda with the flood relief efforts

When David Cameron proclaimed that ‘money is no object’ in the wake of flooding in the south-west, was he doing so out of naked political self-interest? Matt Wood argues that though that may be part of it, there is also the reflexive desire to intervene in situations of genuine human need. The floods highlight a more general dilemma the government is facing: […]

February 25th, 2014|Matt Wood|1 Comment|

Book Review: Affluence, Austerity and Electoral Change in Britain by Paul Whiteley, Harold D. Clarke, David Sanders and Marianne C. Stewart

Affluence, Austerity and Electoral Change in Britain sets out to investigate the political economy of party support for British political parties since Tony Blair led New Labour to power in 1997. Using valence politics models of electoral choice and marshalling a wealth of survey data collected in the British Election Study’s monthly Continuous Monitoring Surveys, the authors trace forces affecting […]

Past UK welfare cuts and austerity led to rising crime. Will we count the same costs this time?

The Thatcher governments are widely accepted to have influenced many areas of modern life in Britain. Stephen Farrall and Will Jennings explore the link between Thatcherite macroeconomic policies and crime, arguing that if the ever-growing evidence base of the economy-crime link is true, political decisions about austerity cannot be separated from their consequences in the domain of law and order. Was […]

The policy advice that adjusting public finances by cutting welfare is the best way to proceed is far too simplistic

The argument that cutting social spending is an essential part of necessary fiscal adjustments is pervasive. That slashing welfare does not harm economic growth while tax hikes do is treated as received wisdom by many academics and policymakers. Georg Wenzelburger deconstructs the argument in favour of welfare cuts, writing that we need a much more nuanced understanding of the underlying mechanisms which […]

History shows Osborne’s proposed spending cuts after 2015 would be unusual but not unprecedented in terms of duration and depth

At the beginning of the year, George Osborne announced his intention to push on with spending cuts should the Conservatives be re-elected in 2015. Christopher Hood and Rozana Himaz look at previous episodes of UK expenditure cutbacks and find that the current proposals are no more extreme. However, they argue the Scottish referendum could mean the stakes in spending-cap politics […]

Austerity’s Wasted Years: Britain needs an industrial policy to encourage investment and growth

Austerity not only disproportionately impacts the disadvantaged, it also doesn’t work. First and foremost, we need to end austerity, resume borrowing and boost spending to stimulate growth and jobs. Then we should focus on the long-term requirement of rebuilding and regenerating a strong economy, writes Austin Mitchell MP.  Ours is an age of austerity. Always imposed d’en haut en bas, […]

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