The media and austerity: comparative perspectives

Basu, Laura, Schifferes, Steve and Knowles, Sophie ORCID logoORCID:, eds. (2018) The media and austerity: comparative perspectives. Routledge, London, UK. ISBN 9781138897304, pbk-ISBN 9781138897311, e-ISBN 9781315178912. [Book] (doi:10.4324/9781315178912)


The Media and Austerity examines the role of the news media in communicating and critiquing economic and social austerity measures in Europe since 2010. From an array of comparative, historical and interdisciplinary vantage points, this edited collection seeks to understand how and why austerity came to be perceived as the only legitimate policy response to the financial crisis for nearly a decade after it began.

Drawing on an international range of contributors with backgrounds in journalism, politics, history and economics, the book presents chapters exploring differing media representations of austerity from UK, US and European perspectives. It also investigates practices in financial journalism and highlights the role of social media in reporting public responses to government austerity measures. They reveal that, without a credible and coherent alternative to austerity from the political opposition, what had been an initial response to the consequences of the financial crisis, became entrenched between 2010 and 2015 in political discourse.

Item Type: Book
Additional Information: Hardback published April 10, 2018
Paperback published April 16, 2018
Keywords (uncontrolled): Economics, Finance, Business & Industry, Humanities, Politics & International Relations
Research Areas: A. > School of Media and Performing Arts > Media
Item ID: 31302
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Depositing User: Sophie Knowles
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2020 14:49
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2021 11:10

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