Citizens against Austerity: a Comparative Reflection on Plataforma de Afectados por la Hipoteca (PAH) and Bündnis Zwangsräumung Verhindern (BZV)

Vicente Ordóñez, Ramón A. Feenstra, Simon Tormey


Despite significant socioeconomic differences between Spain and Germany,
the two countries have witnessed the growing presence of activist initiatives
addressing housing problems. Plataforma de Afectados por la Hipoteca (PAH) in Spain
and Bündnis Zwangsräumung Verhindern (BZV) in Berlin are struggling
to stop evictions and defend citizens’ housing rights. The goal of this paper is to
reflect on how politics are developing in relation to austerity and the lack of basic
goods for parts of the population. This paper adopts a qualitative methodology
based on a comparative case study of PAH and BZV to study the similarities and
differences between the two platforms. The paper focuses especially on PAH and
BZV ideological and sociological backgrounds, political repertories and political

Palabras clave

activism, evictions, housing rights, anti-austerity protests, political repertoire

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ISSN de la edición impresa: 1575-6823

ISSN digital: 2340-2199

Depósito legal: SE 235-2015

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