23rd Oct 2018 6:30pm-8:00pm
Edward Street Lecture Theatre
The political economy literature has tended to underplay the role of anti-austerity protest in understanding contemporary capitalism. When anti-austerity protest is considered it is often depicted as either a dependent or an independent variable; whereas really a more accurate account would consider it to be both. The approach developed in this talk therefore discusses the way in which anti-austerity protest has, and might be, considered in relation to contemporary capitalism. It focuses especially on the development of different forms of anti-austerity protest as they have emerged in advanced industrial democracies in the post-2008 context. In doing so, it tries to show how we can understand these instances of dissent as both generated by, and generative of, developments within contemporary advanced capitalism; and thereby attempts to deal with some of the more general problems of integrating protest within theories of political economy. In doing so, the paper provides an overview of the concrete role of anti-austerity protest in the different political economies of the UK, US, Germany, Spain and Japan.