Monthly archives for December 2013

[Comment] The politics of employment and the limits of the recovery

Jeremy Green

Despite claims of recovery we are still mired in an employment crisis The contested nature of the economic ‘recovery’ has become the central theme of British political debate. The next election, in 2015, will be fought on these terms, with the Coalition government trumpeting its claims of an economic recovery born through austerity, while Labour outlines the limits of the … Continue reading

23 December 2013 by
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[News] SPERI annual conference: Final call for papers

The Global Contours of Growth & Development beyond the Crisis 30 June – 2 July 2014, Halifax Hall, University of Sheffield Proposal submission deadline: 31 January 2014 The 2014 SPERI conference seeks to take discussion of the political economy of the crisis beyond its British and European contexts to focus centrally on the dynamics and patterns of the distribution of … Continue reading

19 December 2013 by
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[Comment] ‘Civic Capitalism’: regulation as the only antidote to unstable growth

Colin Hay and Tony Payne

We set out five principles on which to base sound economic governance and add a more practical rule of thumb One of the most important lessons of the global financial crisis is that we got – and indeed continue to get – regulation spectacularly wrong.  For far too long it was thought of simply as ‘red tape’ – an unnecessary … Continue reading

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[News] George Monbiot to give next SPERI annual lecture

We’re extremely excited to announce that the next SPERI annual lecture will be given by George Monbiot. The lecture, entitled ‘The Pricing of Everything’ will take place in the Octagon Centre, University of Sheffield on Tuesday 29 April 2014 at 18.00. In his lecture George will address what he sees as a growing attempt to reduce political decisions of all kinds to a narrow, … Continue reading

18 December 2013 by
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[Comment] Hungry for change: food insecurity in the wake of the crisis

The politics of the financial crisis have generated rising and unacceptable levels of hunger in advanced societies The only things that seem to be growing in the UK and US economies these days are hunger and food insecurity. The growth of food banks and other forms of hunger-relief charities is a strong reminder of the ‘pseudo-recovery’ we are in and … Continue reading

16 December 2013 by
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[Comment] Sea change moments and post-crash political economy

Andrew Baker

The crisis has opened the door to new ideas and policy paradigms, but politicians are yet to build upon them and create a convincing progressive agenda Political economists are pessimistic about the prospects for far-reaching and profound change following the financial crash of 2008. A common refrain is that little in the way of substantive change to the financial and … Continue reading

12 December 2013 by
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[News] SPERI Paper No.8 published – The Crisis of the Euro: The Problem of German Power Revisited

SPERI Paper No.8 has arrived. The paper entitled The Crisis of the Euro:  The Problem of German Power Revisited by Helen Thompson (Reader in Politics & Director of Studies at Clare College, University of Cambridge and SPERI Honorary Research Fellow) was published today. The paper argues that the durability of the euro appears to rest on the impossibility of abandoning it, … Continue reading

10 December 2013 by
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[Comment] Why did nobody see ‘it’ coming? And what is ‘it’?

Andy Hindmoor

Systemic risk was the real culprit in the 2008 financial crisis and, with banks continuing to borrow huge amounts, the dangers are still there Why did nobody see it coming? Queen Elizabeth famously asked this question when visiting the London School of Economics in 2008. Along with Allan McConnell at the University of Sydney, I’ve been thinking about the best … Continue reading

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[News] Live Guardian web chat at 1pm today on slavery and supply chains

At 1pm today, Genevieve Le Baron will take place in a live Guardian web chat on ‘how to tackle slavery in supply chains’ with Beate Andrees (Head of the Special Action Programme to combat forced labour, International Labour Organisation, Geneva, Switzerland), Dan Viederman (Chief Executive, Verité, Amherst, US), Andrew Wallis (Chief Executive, Unseen, Bristol, UK), Neill Wilkins (Migration Programme Manager, … Continue reading

5 December 2013 by
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[Comment] ‘Civic capitalism’: intervention in the market as a civic duty

Colin Hay and Tony Payne

We need regulation of the economy in the collective or public interest as a matter of routine, rather than waiting until a crisis makes us act in desperation If we are to have a new capitalism worthy of the name, it must be a different capitalism to the one we have.  As we argued in our previous post, this necessitates … Continue reading

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