ECONOMISTS and political commentators will debate the impact of austerity policies on society at a conference at the Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick, this Friday, May 30.
On a week when the voters of Limerick elected 10 councillors opposed to austerity, the conference - which members of the public can view online - is timely.
Dr Stephen Kinsella, Kemmy Business School and conference conveyor, said: “Austerity is not simply an economic phenomenon - societies experience it in different ways, socially, politically, and geographically. The aim of this event is to bring leading thinkers to probe the complex effects of austerity on the European economies forced to experience it by the global economic crisis.”
Entitled Austerity: Economic, Political, and Social Perspectives, the conference takes place from 10am to 2pm with speakers Mark Blyth, Brown University; Jonathan Hopkin, London School of Economics; Niamh Hardiman, UCD; Niamh Hourigan, UCC; John McHale, Irish Fiscal Advisory Council; Stephen Kinsella, UL and Mary Regan, political editor, Irish Examiner, among others.
All are welcome and the event will be live-streamed and shown at the Festival of Economics at the University of Trento. Submissions to the panel are encouraged and can come in the form of email questions, tweets, and via Facebook. The stream can be accessed by visiting the kemmy Business School website and clicking on “events”.