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Commodification and ‘the commons’: the politics of privatising public water in Greece and Portugal during the Eurozone Crisis

Bieler, Andreas; Jordan, Jamie

Authors

Andreas Bieler Andreas.Bieler@nottingham.ac.uk

Jamie Jordan ldxjj6@nottingham.ac.uk



Abstract

In response to the Eurozone crisis, austerity and restructuring has been imposed on the European Union’s (EU) peripheral member states in order to receive financial bailout loans. In addition to cuts in funding of essential public services, cuts in public sector employment and further liberalisation of labour markets, this has also included pressure towards the privatisation of state assets. And yet, workers have not simply accepted these restructuring pressures. They have organised and fought back against austerity and enforced privatisation. Based on a historical materialist perspective and following a strategy of incorporated comparison, in this paper we will comparatively assess the struggles against enforced water privatisation in Greece and Portugal set against the background of the structuring conditions surrounding the Eurozone crisis.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Dec 1, 2018
Journal European Journal of International Relations
Print ISSN 1354-0661
Electronic ISSN 1460-3713
Publisher SAGE Publications (UK and US)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 24
Issue 4
Pages 934-957
APA6 Citation Bieler, A., & Jordan, J. (2018). Commodification and ‘the commons’: the politics of privatising public water in Greece and Portugal during the Eurozone Crisis. European Journal of International Relations, 24(4), 934-957 . doi:10.1177/1354066117728383
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1354066117728383
Keywords Eurozone crisis, Greece, Portugal, privatisation, resistance, water struggles
Publisher URL http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1354066117728383
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf

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