Unmasking Austerity, Finding Alternatives

A new book from Dexter Whitfield exposes how austerity policies in Europe and North America have fuelled the fire of recession rather than stimulated growth.UnmaskingeBook

Unmasking Austerity: Opposition and Alternatives in Europe and North America identifies key lessons from anti-austerity campaigns and urges a rethink of trade union, community and social movement strategies to overcome the attacks.

It also examines the deeper causes of the financial crash and shows how some aspects the crisis have been manufactured and used to dismantle hard-earned labour rights and the welfare state.

Whitfield proposes a radical alternative strategy based on economic stimulus, reconstruction of public services, faster fundamental reform of banks and financial markets, the elimination of corporate welfare that enriches big business, and strategies to increase labour’s share of national income.

Unmasking Austerity: Opposition and Alternatives in Europe and North America, by Dexter Whitfield, is published by Spokesman Books, priced £9.99.

An eBook version is available from Spokesman here.

There is also a Kindle version for £10.99.


Dexter Whitfield is Director of the European Services Strategy Unit and Adjunct Associate Professor at the Australian Workplace Innovation and Social Research Centre, University of Adelaide.

The UK Social Policy Association gave Dexter their Award for Outstanding Contribution from a Non-Academic. This award celebrates his work in campaigning, research and advocacy for fairer UK state services over 40 years and, in particular, his defence of welfare services against privatisation and marketisation.

See also these articles by Dexter Whitfield: Mutualise the Private Sector, not England’s NHS’ and Labour’s Illusory Reforms’.

1 Comment

  1. Labour is not socialist as shown by UKIP being the party taking voters from Labour.

    There is a new party that is a true socialist party, offering hope for 2015 General election, that sitting Labour MPs should join.

    Left Unity Party

    I am not a member. I am 60, victim of welfare and pension reform, disabled, chronic sick, unable to work, on works pension below Social Charter level of state pension or benefit. Labour offer me and millions like me nothing at all. Certainly not the 530,000 turned 60 since 2013.

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