The politics of austerity

The politics of austerity
Venerdì, 31 Marzo 2017
Ore 17:00 - 19:00
Tavola rotonda
Sala “l’Altana”, Istituto di Scienze Umane e Sociali, Scuola Normale Superiore, Palazzo Strozzi, Piazza Strozzi, Firenze

With the financial support of the Italian Ministry of Education, SIR Grant,RBSI14KCWY: Unconventional Central Banks: Making Monetary Policy in Hard Times

Few issues have become so contentious as the merits of fiscal contractions to put the economy back to growth. For some, fiscal adjustments have positive effects on output and employment. For others, the benefits of fiscal consolidation are far from being automatic and its effect on economic growth may even be unlikely.
The roundtable brings together political scientists and sociologists to shed light on such controversial debate and its current application in the economic policy mix in most advanced economies.

Roundtable participants:

  • Cornel Ban, Boston University
  • Donatella Della Porta, Scuola Normale Superiore
  • Erik JoneS, Johns Hopkins University – SAIS
  • Brigid Laffan, European University Institute
  • Matthias Matthijs, Johns Hopkins University – SAIS
  • Vivien Schmidt, Boston University


  • Manuela Moschella, Scuola Normale Superiore

Concluding remarks:

  • Mark Blyth, Brown University