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      ‘Public Spending and Intersecting Inequalities’ Conference in Liverpool

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      July 18, 2019

      Thursday   9:00 AM

      54 Saint James Street
      Liverpool, Merseyside L1 0AB

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      ‘Public Spending and Intersecting Inequalities’ Conference

      It has been more than a decade since the 2008 financial and economic crisis. During this time, neoliberal economic discourse and austerity policies tightened their grip on the mainstream political and economic institutions. Social science research has shown that austerity is not gender, colour and age blind but it hits hardest those segments of the society with traditionally less political power and visibility, including women, children, elderly and the minorities. At the same time, however, the crisis also instigated a surge of interest in heterodox and critical economic approaches arguing that austerity is not an economic necessity but a political choice. Similarly, movements aspiring to empower people through decentralised and deliberative decision-making are becoming increasingly popular. Most recently, Scotland decided to subject 1 per cent of all local budgets to participatory budgeting involving people in local investment decisions. Yet, it is not certain whether these initiatives successfully reach out to the most vulnerable and marginalised parts of the society, who are most in need of public investment. In this one-day conference, we will discuss public investment in the shadow of austerity and how it affects multiple and intersecting inequalities. We will discuss how austerity affects our legal system and the social fabric of our society and its most vulnerable members. We will also discuss whether and how participatory budgeting initiatives can empower people so that public resources are invested in a way that benefits all members of society, particularly the most vulnerable. Speakers Kim Garthwhaite, Manager of County, Fountains, Walton and Vauxhaull Children’s Centres Dr Sarah Marie Hall, University of Manchester Gemma Lord, University of Manchester Dr James Organ, University of Liverpool Dr Kerry-Ann Barry, University of Salford Jared Ficklin, University of Liverpool Dr Angela O’Hagan, Glasgow Caledonian University Fiona Garven, Scottish Community Development Centre Jez Hall, Shared Future Community Interest Company Dr Firat Cengiz, University of Liverpool Dr Laurene Soubise,  University of Liverpool Participation is free but registration is required. Please register here For further information and questions please contact This conference is jointly organised by the University of Liverpool and the Women’s Organisation. We are grateful to the University of Liverpool’s KE Voucher Scheme for their generous funding of this conference.

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