Monthly archives for March 2014

[News] Forced Labour, Trafficking & Slavery BISA-IPEG/ University of Sheffield seminar

We are pleased to announce an upcoming seminar to take place here in Sheffield entitled ‘Forced Labour, Trafficking, and Slavery: The Political Economy of Exploitation and Protection in the 21st Century’. The seminar is jointly hosted by SPERI, The University of Sheffield Department of Politics and Faculty of Social Sciences Migration Research Group, and the British International Studies Association International … Continue reading

28 March 2014 by
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[Comment] The joy and the benefit of fieldwork

By actually meeting and listening to people in New York I learnt much about how important the rating agencies were to the financial crisis, and how little has since changed in their world What is it that distinguishes an academic from a school teacher?  For me the defining feature is that we create knowledge.  That can be by reinterpreting a … Continue reading

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[Comment] Pensions, fairness and Lamborghinis

Craig Berry

Budget changes to the annuities market are a lesson in the fallacies of freedom   From April 2015, individuals in defined contribution pension schemes will no longer be required to ‘annuitise’ their pensions saving, that is, turn their pot of savings into a lifelong, regular income by purchasing an annuity product from an insurance company. Boris Johnson’s response typified the … Continue reading

26 March 2014 by
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[News] SPERI Research mentioned in Parliamentary Debate

In a parliamentary budget debate yesterday, Paul Blomfield MP referred to recent SPERI Research to argue that the budget does nothing to tackle regional inequalities and the north/south divide: “The Budget does not just ignore those issues; it is making them worse. Research by Sheffield political economy research institute has exposed the Chancellor’s flagship increase in the income tax  personal allowance as … Continue reading

25 March 2014 by
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[Comment] Why is political science not in crisis as a result of the crisis?

Mick Moran

Economics is beginning to rethink many of its presuppositions as a consequence of the financial crisis, but political science sails blithely and complacently onwards It is a commonplace that the financial crash of 2007-9 also caused an intellectual crisis in the discipline of Economics.  That sense of crisis has had healthy results: while a minority of economists still maintain the … Continue reading

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[News] Registration open for George Monbiot Annual Lecture

You can now register to attend the third SPERI Annual Lecture, this year to be given by George Monbiot. In his lecture ‘The Pricing of Everything’, George will address what he sees as a growing attempt to reduce political decisions of all kinds to a narrow, financial cost-benefit analysis. He will discuss the threat that he thinks this poses to … Continue reading

21 March 2014 by
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[News] Response to the budget: podcast & policy brief

SPERI Research Fellow Craig Berry responds to Osborne’s budget announcement in both the latest Policy Brief series and in the video below, arguing that changes to tax allowances will not help the lowest paid in Northern regions. Berry argues that the lowest-paid workers do not benefit at all from the Budget measure to increase the income tax personal allowance and … Continue reading

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[News] New SPERI Paper by Ben Clift

You can now download the next in the SPERI Paper series Paper No.10 – The Hollande Presidency, the Eurozone Crisis & the Politics of Fiscal Rectitude by Ben Clift (SPERI Honorary Research Fellow & Professor of Political Economy, University of Warwick). The paper analyses the political economy of the Hollande Presidency in France, evaluating the economic policies pursued by the French Socialist … Continue reading

20 March 2014 by
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[Comment] Reparations for slavery?

Matthew Bishop

The legacy of the slave trade lives on and forces us to think about political economy in new and uncomfortable ways In the mid-1700s, a number of highly overleveraged Jamaican sugar plantations suddenly and unexpectedly collapsed.  Trevor Burnard has recently questioned whether this represented ‘an early warning that West Indian planters were not the masters of the universe in the … Continue reading

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[Comment] Scotland, England and currency union – or two bald men and a comb

Craig Berry

The phoney currency debate in Scotland relies on misunderstanding and is helping to marginalise the real alternatives Craig Berry and Richard Berry   The intervention from senior UK politicians on the SNP’s plans for a currency union, allowing Scotland to retain sterling post-independence, appears to have backfired for the Better Together campaign. Ed Balls and Danny Alexander both backed George … Continue reading

18 March 2014 by
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