Women And Austerity: The Economic Crisis And The Future For Gender Equality by Maria KaramessiniWomen And Austerity: The Economic Crisis And The Future For Gender Equality by Maria Karamessini

Women And Austerity: The Economic Crisis And The Future For Gender Equality

EditorMaria Karamessini, Jill Rubery

Paperback | May 8, 2013

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Austerity has become the new principle for public policy in Europe and the US as the financial crisis of 2008 has been converted into a public debt crisis. However, current austerity measures risk losing past progress towards gender equality by undermining important employment and social welfare protections and putting gender equality policy onto the back burner. This volume constitutes the first attempt to identify how the economic crisis and the subsequent austerity policies are affecting women in Europe and the US, tracing the consequences for gender equality in employment and welfare systems in nine case studies from countries facing the most severe adjustment problems.

The contributions adopt a common framework to analyse women in recession, which takes into account changes in women's position and current austerity conditions. The findings demonstrate that in the immediate aftermath of the financial crisis, employment gaps between women and men declined ' but due only to a deterioration in men's employment position rather than any improvements for women.Tables are set to be turned by the austerity policies which are already having a more negative impact on demand for female labour and on access to services which support working mothers. Women are nevertheless reinforcing their commitment to paid work, even at this time of increasing demands on their unpaid domestic labour.

Future prospects are bleak. Current policy is reinforcing the same failed mechanisms that caused the crisis in the first place and is stalling or even reversing the long term growth in social investment in support for care. This book makes the case for gender equality to be placed at the centre of any progressive plan for a route out of the crisis.

Maria Karamessiniis Professor of Labour Economics and Economics of the Welfare State at Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Greece. She is also Director of the Centre for Gender Studies at the University. She has published extensively on labour market issues, employment and social policy, gender inequalities in paid w...
Title:Women And Austerity: The Economic Crisis And The Future For Gender EqualityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:May 8, 2013Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0415815371

ISBN - 13:9780415815376


Table of Contents

Part I  1. Introduction: Women's vulnerability to recession and austerityMaria Karamessini  2. From 'Women and Recession' to 'Women and Austerity: A framework for analysisJill Rubery  3. Challenging the Balkanization of Gender ContractsJacqueline O'Reilly and Tiziana Nazio Part II  4. Women and Men in the 'Great European Recession'Francesca Bettio and Alina Verashchagina  5. Gender Impacts of the 'Great Recession' in the United StatesRandy Albelda  6. Iceland in Crisis: Gender equality and social equityThora Kristin Thorsd'ttir  7. Gender, Recession and Austerity in the UKJill Rubery and Anthony Rafferty 8. The Labour Market Impact of the Economic Crisis in Hungary through the Lens of Gender EqualityM'a Frey  9. Structural Crisis and Adjustment in Greece: Social regression and the challenge to gender equalityMaria Karamessini  10. Ireland in Crisis 2008-2012: Women, austerity and inequalityUrsula Barry and Pauline Conroy  11. Employment and Austerity: Changing welfare and gender regimes in PortugalVirg'a Ferreira  12. Women, Gender Equality and the Economic Crisis in SpainElvira Gonz'z Gago and Marcelo Segales Kirzner  13. Living through the Crisis in Italy: The labour market experience of men and womenAlina Verashchagina and Marina Capparucci Part III  14. Policy in the Time of Crisis: Employment policy and gender equality in EuropePaola Villa and Mark Smith  15. Gender, Inequality and the Crisis: Towards more equitable developmentDiane Perrons and Ania Plomien  16. Economic Crisis and Austerity: Challenges to gender equalityMaria Karamessini and Jill Rubery

Editorial Reviews

"This work for academics, researchers, and policy makers gathers papers from two international symposia on 'Women, Gender Equality and Economic Crisis,' held in Athens in 2011 and Reykjavik in 2012. The papers look at how austerity measures negatively impact gender equality by removing funding for employment and social welfare programs. Part 1 introduces an analytical framework for examining women's vulnerability to recession and austerity measures. Part 2 presents nine country case studies, including the US, the UK, Ireland, Hungary, and Portugal. Part 3 recommends policy changes." - Book News