Living with Hard Times: Europeans in the Great Recession provides a new, comprehensive comparative study of the socio-political effects of the Great Recession amongst European citizens. It presents a detailed investigation of heterogeneity in the population within countries with respect to how citizens made sense of the crisis and how this situation impacted their livelihoods, outlooks and political engagement. Marco Giugni and Maria Grasso analyse citizens’ experiences during the economic crisis, the decline of living standards and deprivation by structural location as well as differences in economic outlooks. They also examine the ways in which citizens from different social groups were resilient to the effects of the economic crisis. Moreover, they show how social support and social capital emerging from social relations contributed to resilience in the face of the crisis. This book explores citizen attitudes towards various welfare policies and towards immigration, and it shows how support for populist parties is differentiated within the population. Finally, Living with Hard Times looks at the impact of the crisis on different types of political action challenging incumbent governments and protesting against austerity policies.
Marco Giugni is Professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations and Director of the Institute of Citizenship Studies (InCite) at the University of Geneva.
Maria Grasso is Professor in the School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary University of London.
1. Europeans in the Great Recession
2. Deprivation and Social Structure
3. Crisis and Resilience
4. Unemployment and the Welfare State
5. Immigration and the Populist Challenge
6. Protest Participation and Economic Crisis
7. Blame and Contention
8. Europeans in the Great Recession in Perspective
This book is a comprenhensive account of how the Great Recession was lived by Europeans. It shows the impact of the crisis on citizens’ political attitudes and engagement going well beyond depicting how citizens perceived and coped with economic hardship. Built on a wealth of richly contextualized survey data, a must read for anyone interested in contemporary European politics.
The Great Recession has shaken up European societies. This book is a pioneering account of the affectedness of different social groups as well as forms of resilience, resistance and activism. It shows with empirical rigor that the crisis has set societies under stress and put constrains on people’s life-chance, but also opened up new opportunities for some parts of society.