The political economy of crisis responses

Agnar Freyr Helgason*

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Chapter 3, by Agnar Freyr Helgason, offers a review of political economy theories of crises responses. He starts by explaining the broad perspectives of the Keynesian and Austrian schools and then probes more deeply into recent work on government policy responses to economic crises, with a focus on the economic welfare of populations or households. The role of the welfare state and its importance during periods of crisis is considered, as well as the role of government policy more broadly, either that directed at the economy generally or at specific population groups. Key policy debates are covered, for example austerity versus stimulus, as well as mixed approaches.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWelfare and the Great Recession
Subtitle of host publicationA Comparative Study
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9780198830962
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

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Other keywords

  • Austerity
  • Mixed approaches
  • Policy responses
  • Political economy
  • Stimulus


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