Statewatch: Austerity, democracy and civil liberties

7 May 2013 — Statewatch

The new issue of the Statewatch Journal (volume 23 no 1) is now available to download:

The Journal has been redesigned and each issue will now have a thematic focus. This issue focuses on the nexus between austerity, civil liberties and democracy.


Discipline and discontent: coalition government extends “slave labour” welfare policy, by Chris Jones

Kick ‘em all out? Anti-politics and post-democracy in the European Union, by Leigh Phillips

Austerity policies also cut rights and liberties in Spain, by Peio M. Aierbe

Using the Italian crisis to impose control: a shift towards a fiscal surveillance state? by Yasha Maccanico

Golden Dawn and the deafening silence of Europe, by Jerome Roos

Collective punishment and pre-emptive policing in times of riot and resistance, by Nick Moss

Belgian ‘municipal fines’ cause growing dissent, by Kees Hudig


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