The Psychological Impact of Austerity by Psychologists Against Austerity

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Austerity relies on a politics of fear and distrust to drive through policies that hit the most vulnerable the hardest. This briefing paper from Psychologists Against Austerity identifies five ‘Austerity Ailments’ that are indicators of problems in society, of poisonous public policy, weakness of social cohesion and inequalities in power and wealth: Humiliation and shame, fear and distrust, instability and insecurity, isolation and loneliness, and being trapped and powerless.

They also identify five psychological indicators of a more healthy, equal, participatory and cohesive society: Agency, security, connection, meaning, and trust.