Neoliberal restructuring and the economic crisis have led to increasing inequality, social polarisation and societal disintegration. That austerity politics fosters these developments is widely acknowledged. Its gender effects, however, are mostly neglected, though, in contrast to the public rhetoric of equal opportunities and gender mainstreaming, gender inequality is rising. This contribution, therefore, focuses on the impact of [...]
About Gabriele Michalitsch
Gabriele Michalitsch, a political scientist and economist, is currently working at the Department of Political Science at Vienna University. During the last years she was visiting professor at Corvinus University (Budapest), Graz University (Austria), and Yeditepe Univerity (Istanbul). From 2002-05 she was chair of the Council of Europe’s group of experts on Gender Budgeting. Main research topics: neo-liberalism, political economy, feminist economics.
Culminating in the current economic crisis, neoliberal restructuring has led to growing social disintegration and increasing exclusion from societal participation. This indicates a profound social and a latent political crisis, as reflected by, partly tremendous, electoral gains of the extreme right in many European countries. Reawakening nationalisms and increasing xenophobia, racism, Islamophobia and sexism characterise [...]
Increasing social disintegration, the domination of private economic interests and the erosion of democratic politics show the necessity for a profound democratic renewal of European societies. Democratisation refers not only to the political sphere, but involves all sectors of society, the economy as well as the production of knowledge. In the following I will focus [...]
We need to resist the neoliberal tendency to reduce everything to the economic. Neoliberalism has not only led to the reorganisation of all sectors of society in accordance with market principles; it has also implied a fundamental redefinition of human life in terms of economic criteria. As well as reframing fundamental political and social ideas [...]