The independent Public Services International Research Unit has published a new series of briefs on the effects of severe austerity measures being undertaken in many countries.
The briefs make it clear that cuts in government spending are further slowing economic recovery, robbing people of their jobs and livelihoods, and undermining vital public services that people need more than ever in a time of recession.
It is telling that some nations – including Argentina, Australia, China, Denmark, India and Indonesia – are taking a different approach. They have recognised that the public sector is a crucial engine of economic growth and social development. They are acting to provide sorely needed jobs and services for their citizens.
The PSIRU research briefs are available here.