The Department of Politics proudly announces our Commencement Lecture:

Professor Andrew Gamble on 'The Politics of Austerity'

Wednesday the 14th of October 2015
Lecture: 4pm-5pm | Reception: 6pm-7pm
St Georges Church Lecture Theatre
17 Mappin Street Sheffield S1 4DT

The aftermath of the 2008 financial crash has been difficult for incumbent governments across Europe. The easy assumption of the previous twenty years that governments could expect a growth dividend, and that domestic politics meant deciding how that dividend should be spent, whether on expanding public services or on tax cuts, gave way to a new rhetoric about hard times and the need for austerity. Yet this new politics of austerity is full of paradoxes. Governments are caught between the need to cut back and to spend more. They struggle to manage the conflicting expectations of their voters and of the financial markets, and to deal with the effects of rising inequality and global competitiveness. Governments believe austerity is necessary to preserve the legitimacy of free markets and the international market order, but they face a growing revolt from an array of populist insurgents on right and left, challenging the established mainstream parties and their austerity narratives.

Yet so far, with the exception of Greece between January and September 2015 pro-austerity parties have stayed in control. What are the sources of this resilience and will it last?

We will also be holding a wine and nibbles reception at 5pm after the lecture and we will need to know numbers for catering so if you would like to attend please register here for a free ticket.

Key speaker:
Professor Andrew Gamble FBA

Andrew Gamble

Location and Travel

The event will be held at Moot Court in the School of Law building:

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This event is free to attend.

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Claire Williams
Research Support Officer
0114 222 1645

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