Austerity and repressive politics: Italian economists in the early years of the fascist government

@article{Mattei2015AusterityAR,
  title={Austerity and repressive politics: Italian economists in the early years of the fascist government},
  author={Clara Elisabetta Mattei},
  journal={The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought},
  year={2015},
  volume={24},
  pages={1026 - 998}
}
  • C. Mattei
  • Published 10 April 2017
  • Economics, Political Science
  • The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought
Abstract The historical forerunners of contemporary austerity are still largely unexplored. This essay considers the “liberal phase” of Fascist Italy (1922–1925) as a case study to explain austerity as a full-blown rationality, that is intrinsically, and simultaneously, theory and practice, encompassing the moral, the economic and the political. My explanation moves beyond the interpretation of austerity as the post-1980, neoliberal recipe of price deflation and budget cuts. The Italian case… 

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