Conceptualising austerity in Scotland as a risk shift: ideas and implications

McKendrick, J. H., Asenova, D., McCann, C., Reynolds, R., Egan, J., Hastings, A. , Mooney, G. and Sinclair, S. (2016) Conceptualising austerity in Scotland as a risk shift: ideas and implications. Scottish Affairs, 25(1), pp. 451-478. (doi:10.3366/scot.2016.0152)

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Abstract

There is growing recognition that UK austerity measures impact adversely and more acutely on the most disadvantaged individuals, communities and groups. These changes may be understood as representing a shift of responsibility away from collectives to individuals. This paper explores these issues through the lens of risk analysis. Drawing on case study research from one neighbourhood in one Scottish local authority, it considers how the distinctive polity in Scotland, in the context of austerity, is redistributing social risk to vulnerable communities, groups and individuals. The local community is adapting, with varying degrees of success, to the risk transfers they are experiencing. Formal and informal risk mitigation measures are ameliorating, but not countering, these risks. The penultimate section of the paper is a collaborative endeavour. Drawing from a seminar discussion with key informants from academia, the Third Sector and government in Scotland, some of the implications of this ‘risk shift’ are discussed; particularly in relation to extending personalisation, stresses on social capital, changing understanding of securities, demographic developments, widening social divisions and alternatives to austerity economics.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Egan, Mr James and Hastings, Professor Annette
Authors: McKendrick, J. H., Asenova, D., McCann, C., Reynolds, R., Egan, J., Hastings, A., Mooney, G., and Sinclair, S.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Public Health
College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:Scottish Affairs
Publisher:Edinburgh University Press
ISSN:0966-0356
ISSN (Online):2053-888X
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 Edinburgh University Press
First Published:First published in Scottish Affairs 25(1):451-478
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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