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A Century of Fiscal Squeeze Politics: 100 Years of Austerity, Politics, and Bureaucracy in Britain

Christopher Hood and Rozana Himaz


Contributing to the literature on austerity, this book identifies and compares episodes of ‘fiscal squeeze’ (that is, substantial efforts to cut public spending and/or raise taxes) in the UK over a century from 1900 to 2015. It looks at how different the politics of fiscal squeeze and austerity is today from what it was a century ago, ways in which fiscal squeeze can reshape the state, leading to new ways of organizing government or providing services, and at how political credit and blame play out in the aftermath of fiscal squeeze. The analysis is both quantitative and qualitative, starting ... More

Keywords: austerity policies, fiscal squeeze, politics, UK, 1900 to 2015, spending cuts, tax increases, electoral effects

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198779612
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198779612.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Hood, author
Gladstone Professor of Government Emeritus and Emeritus Fellow, All Souls College, University of Oxford

Rozana Himaz, author
Senior Lecturer in Economics, Oxford Brookes University