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    The political economy of welfare in a time of coronavirus: Post-productivism as a state of exception


    Mc Gann, Michael (2020) The political economy of welfare in a time of coronavirus: Post-productivism as a state of exception. Irish Journal of Sociology, 8 (2). pp. 225-230. ISSN 0791-6035

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    Abstract

    Within months, Covid-19 has fundamentally reconfigured the relationship betweenthe market and the state in Ireland. The ‘Great Lockdown’ has administered ashock to global patterns of production and consumption not seen since the GreatDepression (Gopinath, 2020) causing unprecedent levels of job-loss. In Ireland, thehardship of this job-loss has been partially cushioned by the social securityresponse to the crisis, and the introduction of a Pandemic UnemploymentPayment. For the hundreds of thousands of citizens receiving this and relatedpayments, welfare has replaced market earnings as their means of subsistence.This is a major adjustment not only in the economic lives of these citizens butalso in the ‘productivist’ footing of Ireland’s welfare state.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: political economy; welfare; coronavirus; Post-productivism; state of exception;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute, MUSSI
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology
    Item ID: 13910
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1177/0791603520939817
    Depositing User: Michael McGann
    Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2021 11:57
    Journal or Publication Title: Irish Journal of Sociology
    Publisher: A & A Farmar
    Refereed: No
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