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Scandalous EconomicsGender and the Politics of Financial Crises$
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Aida A. Hozic and Jacqui True

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190204235

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190204235.001.0001

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Constitutionalizing Austerity, Disciplining the Household

Constitutionalizing Austerity, Disciplining the Household

Masculine Norms of Competitiveness and the Crisis of Social Reproduction in the Eurozone

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(p.92) Chapter 6 Constitutionalizing Austerity, Disciplining the Household
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Scandalous Economics
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Ian Bruff

Stefanie Wöhl

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190204235.003.0006

Focusing on two key aspects of post-2008 European political economies, this chapter discusses the intimate connection, especially in the Eurozone, between increasingly authoritarian modes of neoliberal governance and highly masculinized norms of competitiveness. Examining the latest deployment of EU hard law, such as the Fiscal Compact, the “Six-pack” Legislation, and Europlus-Pact, the authors argue that these new economic governance regimes are reinforcing gender hierarchies, norms, and segregation in paid and unpaid work. Moreover, their variegated but significant impact has intensified the crisis of social reproduction across households. The chapter analyzes the Spanish and Irish cases in order to illustrate this impact. Above all, it shows that EU discourse, which prescribes the “correct” answers to economic problems, is closely connected to state or supranational formations that foster more authoritarian modes of governing.

Keywords:   neoliberalism, household, masculinity, Eurozone, “Six-pack”

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