Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Sunday, May 24, 2015


"Austerity: Likely they will never ask about it again, but I think we teachers like to to be sure if that happens we'd be prepared, and this debate would be an interesting one to assign: Project Syndicate."

Susan Ikenberry
Washington, DC

I'd suggest that austerity is likely to be a more visible issue in coming years. Even though Reagan said everyone was a Keynesian, it's obviously no longer true. Ask Angela Merkel and European and American central bankers.

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At 7:44 AM, Blogger Ken Wedding said...

Now they talk about it.

"In Scotland, voters noticed that Mr. Cameron and Mr. Miliband seemed equally committed to austerity and retention of the Trident nuclear deterrent. How was a citizen who rejected this consensus to vote? Those supporting the UK Independence Party believed that, if only Britain left the E.U., there would be no immigration problem. Scottish National Party voters believed that, if only Scotland left the United Kingdom, austerity would come to an end."

From "How Britain Became European"
The New York Times, 25 May 2015
(emphases added)

At 10:00 AM, Blogger Ken Wedding said...

Spain local elections: Podemos leader hails success

Spain's anti-austerity Podemos movement has vowed to defeat the governing Popular Party (PP) in national polls this year, after its dramatic gains in Sunday's local and regional elections…

At 10:31 AM, Blogger Ken Wedding said...

Reborn in the Irish mainstream, Sinn Féin boosted by anti-austerity stance

Sinn Féin is changing, is setting its sights on policies a long way from armed struggle and is just as focused on getting power in Dublin than in the Northern Irish capital, Belfast. To do that, it is looking for new sorts of voters, tapping into economic disquiet in Ireland and seeking to upset the established order there…

At 7:35 AM, Blogger Ken Wedding said...

Northern Ireland coalition close to collapse in row over welfare cuts

At 8:21 AM, Blogger Ken Wedding said...

Austerity protest

Ukip MP Douglas Carswell surrounded by anti-austerity protesters in London

The Ukip MP, Douglas Carswell, has been escorted away in a police van after he was surrounded by anti-austerity protesters in central London...

The incident was one of a number of flashpoints involving skirmishes between police and protesters among a couple of thousand who took part in a demonstration in the Trafalgar square area against government austerity measures set out in the Queen’s speech...

About 200 people took park in a second, smaller protest held outside Downing street, which was attended by union leaders and politicians, including Green party leader Natalie Bennett.


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