Monthly archives for January 2013

[Comment] The Great Uncertainty

Colin Hay and Tony Payne

It is the challenging combination of a number of major processes of structural change that makes the current era so distinctive and so uncertain Labels matter in orienting our thinking about, characterising and constructing different eras in the global political economy. They are also invaluable shorthand and these days we all increasingly write, and possibly think, in shorthand. It’s also … Continue reading

30 January 2013 by
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[News] New appointments at SPERI: welcome Stephanie and Valbona!

We are pleased to announce the appointment of a new SPERI Research Fellow – Professor Stephanie Mudge joins us from UC Davis in California. Stephanie is a political and economic sociologist whose research centres on the historical study of culture, democratic politics, economic policy, and the constitution of political authority. Her work deals with both the national and transnational levels … Continue reading

28 January 2013 by
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[Comment] The changing political economy of development

Matthew Bishop

Patterns of development – and the ways in which we understand them – are shifting in dramatic and complex ways In my previous SPERI Comment post, I suggested that the ‘rise of the BRICS’ forces us to think more clearly about the changing terms of the global political economy of development. Tony Payne also picked up this theme recently, arguing … Continue reading

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[News] SPERI on Newsnight, BBC radio and in the Guardian

It’s been a busy week for Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute. On 23 January, Andrew Gamble (University of Cambridge and Chair of SPERI’s International Advisory Board) took part in a phone in on the Toby Foster at Breakfast show on BBC Radio Sheffield, providing expertise on the possibility of a EU referendum in the hours leading up to David Cameron’s … Continue reading

25 January 2013 by
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[Comment] What’s happening on the climate change and energy front? Part 1

There is a growing acceptance of the climate threat, but international consensus over the right policy responses remains elusive With 2013 now underway it is worth pausing to take stock of recent developments on the climate change and energy fronts.  The last few years have probably represented the most difficult conjuncture to confront environmentalists for a generation – with governments … Continue reading

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[Comment] In or out of Europe?

Andrew Gamble

Coming to terms with the political realities of the European project is essential if Britain is to make up its mind about Europe David Cameron’s long-delayed speech on Europe has been presented as a watershed moment in Britain’s vexed relationship with the EU, but its main purpose is to reduce some of the tensions within the Conservative party, to get … Continue reading

23 January 2013 by
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[Comment] British industrial strategy and the problem of the City

Jeremy Green

The Coalition government’s stuttering industrial strategy is reminiscent of earlier failed attempts at revitalisation, and once again the banks are at the heart of the problem As we head further down the spiral of a possible triple dip recession, the question of growth is becoming ever more pressing.  The unravelling of the Anglo-liberal growth model has left the British political … Continue reading

21 January 2013 by
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[Comment] More aid for Africa?

The relationship between aid and development is unclear, but using aid to build solidarity with organisations in the ‘Global South’ is something we should embrace The target of 0.7% of GNP dedicated to aid was established in 1970 during a period when the post-colonial world was energised by developmental nationalism. Since that year, the ‘point-seven’ figure has become something of … Continue reading

18 January 2013 by
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[Comment] Enabling enterprise: towards joined-up governance

The Government needs to embrace Britain’s hidden enterprise culture, not repress it Most business ventures do not just start-up overnight. People do not have an idea for a business one day and start-up a wholly legitimate enterprise the next day. Instead, many businesses start-up by engaging in a few off-the-books transactions and it is only once the entrepreneur sees that … Continue reading

16 January 2013 by
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[Comment] The myth of free-market capitalism versus the rest

Linda Weiss

Successful development strategies have always involved proactive state intervention, mainstream thinking needs to start acknowledging this As governments rushed in to prop up collapsing economies in response to the 2008 financial meltdown, the myth of free-market capitalism was suddenly put to the test and found wanting.  But it’s been the rapid rise of China and other emerging giants, India and … Continue reading

15 January 2013 by
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