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Contesting Austerity

Social Movements and the Left in Portugal and Spain (2008-2015)

Tiago Carvalho

230 pages
Amsterdam University Press
Contesting Austerity compares the contentious responses to austerity in Portugal and Spain between 2008 and 2015. While in Spain a sustained wave of mobilisation lasted for three years and led to a transformation of the party system, in Portugal social movements mobilised only in specific instances, trade unions dominated protest and institutional change was limited. Contesting Austerity shows that trajectories and outcomes in these countries are linked to the nature and configurations of the players in the mobilisation process.
Author Bio
Tiago Carvalho holds a PhD in Sociology (University of Cambridge). He is a researcher at the Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology (University Institute of Lisbon), and a member of Centre on Social Movement Studies.