This is the blog to accompany a research project exploring┬áthe occurrence and impact of refusal in the face of austerity measures, along with a focus on the responses to refusal by political authorities, and the eventual outcome of the interaction between austerity, refusal and authority responses. We have selected what we term ‘low-resistance’ models of capitalism – the UK and Japan – in order to explore how anti-austerity mechanisms operate in least-likely cases.