CANCELED: Judith Clifton

Judith Clifton is a full professor at the Faculty of Business and Economic Sciences, University of Cantabria; and an affiliated senior research fellow at the Faculty of Social Science, Open University, in the U.K. She is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Economic Policy Reform and serves on the editorial board of Utilities Policy and CIRIEC. She has published dozens of papers in leading international journals. She received her D.Phil. in political economy from the University of Oxford after completing a master's in contemporary international studies at the University of Leeds. Her research interests are public policy and public services in Europe and Latin America. In 2016, she advised the Greek government on the reform of the public sector.


Since the outbreak of the 2008 financial and economic crises, EU countries — particularly those in the periphery — have come under huge stress to cut government expenditures in order to service their debt repayments. In an unprecedented move, the European Commission joined the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund to form the so-called "Troika," and, from this new venue, established that continued loans to ailing member states are conditional on a set of structural reforms, including privatization and public sector reform. This lecture scrutinizes how these austerity policies are being imposed by the Troika on the public sector and at the city level, and enquires what consequences this has on EU youth.