Imagined economies: austerity and the moral economy of ‘fairness’

Clarke, John (2014). Imagined economies: austerity and the moral economy of ‘fairness’. Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, 30-31 pp. 17–30.

Abstract

In this article I aim to accomplish three things. First, I wish to explore the case for taking imagined economies seriously. Second, I want to examine one particular site of economic imaginings – the ‘austerity’ politics and policies of the UK government that has been in office since 2010. Third, I will use that example to trace some of the ways in which imagined economies imply other relationships and orderings, not least what E.P. Thompson (1963) called ‘moral economy’. I end by claiming that imagined economies need to be analysed conjuncturally.

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