Challenges of Austerity and Retrenchment of Gender Equality

  • Tindara Addabbo
  • Elisabeth Klatzer
  • Christa Schlager
  • Paola Villa
  • Paloma de Villota


Reductions in public spending and the dominance of austerity since 2008 have characterized public policy decisions in Europe. Decisions on resource allocation, public service design and reform, changes in social security spending and tax revenue, and in the fiscal rules applied by the EU have significantly affected women’s financial security and autonomy and their political and social status within EU member state countries. With case studies on Spain and Italy, this chapter argues that the entrenched paradigm has disregarded the impact on gender equality and the regressive effects of policy decisions, despite political rhetoric on the enduring importance of advancing gender equality.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tindara Addabbo
    • 1
  • Elisabeth Klatzer
    • 2
  • Christa Schlager
    • 3
  • Paola Villa
    • 4
  • Paloma de Villota
    • 5
  1. 1.University of Modena and Reggio EmiliaModenaItaly
  2. 2.Independent Researcher-Activist and International ConsultantFeminist Economics and Gender Responsive BudgetingViennaAustria
  3. 3.Austrian Chamber of LabourViennaAustria
  4. 4.University of TrentoTrentoItaly
  5. 5.Universidad Complutense de MadridMadirdSpain

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