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Conceived in Austerity

The 'Urban Question' in a Canadian Context

Jul 23, 2019

On this fine day we bring you a presentation by Dr. Carlo Fanelli (York University) that he presented at the third AltAusterity conference this past February in Berlin, Germany. Carlo neatly unpacks how municipalities are unable to meet their revenue requirements and how this inability is rooted in both constitutional realities that for us seem quite dated, and also the "neoliberal policies of revenue erosion that have reduced fiscal capacities".

He suggests that this method is used to demonize workers and the users of urban public services.

If you'd to hear more about this fascinating work, you find the presentation on our Research page, under 'Labour Markets & Lived Experience'. Also be sure to stay tuned in the coming weeks when we post Carlo's full paper.

To see more from Carlo, you can check out his faculty page (, his personal webpage ( and also follow him on Twitter @carlofanelli.

We'll post new content every Tuesday morning and our AltAusterity Digest Friday mornings. To keep up with our work, you can subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Twitter @AltAusterity and join the #altausterity conversation!