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Austerity, the Public Sector and the Threat to Gender Equality - Geary Lecture 2014


  • Jill Rubery

    (Manchester Business School)


Europe is in the grip of austerity policies. Some governments regard this as a medium term cyclical correction but others seek a long term shrinking of the social state. This shrinkage applies particularly to the state’s social roles as: a source of income support; a provider of free or subsidised public services; a direct employer; and a defence against the marketisation of society. All four areas have specific significance for women such that we cannot envisage progress towards gender equality in Europe, understood as a socially progressive objective, without a reversal of the austerity trends and an active social state.

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  • Jill Rubery, 2015. "Austerity, the Public Sector and the Threat to Gender Equality - Geary Lecture 2014," The Economic and Social Review, Economic and Social Studies, vol. 46(1), pages 1-27.
  • Handle: RePEc:eso:journl:v:46:y:2015:i:1:p:1-27

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    1. Perugini, Cristiano & Žarković Rakić, Jelena & Vladisavljević, Marko, 2016. "Austerity and gender wage inequality in EU countries," MPRA Paper 76306, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Isabel Távora & Paula Rodríguez‐Modroño, 2018. "The impact of the crisis and austerity on low educated working women: The cases of Spain and Portugal," Gender, Work and Organization, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 25(6), pages 621-636, November.

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