Monthly archives for May 2014

[Comment] Sharing and caring: the answer to our economic and environmental woes?

Hayley Stevenson

Developing the sharing economy may be a key step towards building a more inclusive and sustainable future Business leaders, government officials, civil society and academics gathered in Paris earlier this month for the annual OECD Forum. The question up for debate this year was how to make our economies more resilient and inclusive. Given the organisation’s cold-war legacy (it was … Continue reading

29 May 2014 by
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[News] Newly published: Institutional Crisis in 21st Century Britain

Today sees the publication of a new volume, edited by David Richards, Martin Smith and Colin Hay which arises from a conference held in Sheffield and co-sponsored by SPERI. The book, Institutional Crisis in 21st-Century Britain, reflects on the multi-dimensional character of the crisis of British institutions today. A ‘perfect storm’ appears to have engulfed many of Britain’s most important institutions … Continue reading

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[Comment] The OECD: more than just a think tank

Richard Woodward

Misleading portrayals of the OECD understate the importance of this leading international organisation Compared with the attention lavished on annual meetings of the IMF, World Bank and WTO, those of the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) normally pass with minimal comment.  Commencing on 5th May, ‘OECD week 2014’ bucked this trend by placing this inconspicuous global institution under … Continue reading

27 May 2014 by
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[News] SPERI Postgraduate Research Network Inaugural Event

SPERI has set-up a new postgraduate network which aims to bring together postgraduate researchers from across the university who have a broad interest in political economy. As part of this new initiative we would like to invite all PGRs to the inaugural event which will take place on Wednesday 28th May in the ICOSS boardroom between 15.00 – 17.00. Richard Woodward, visiting … Continue reading

23 May 2014 by
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[Comment] If inequality in the US is no surprise, why are so many people acting like it is?

Stephanie Mudge

American reaction to Thomas Piketty’s book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, expresses the nature of modern economics and Americans’ intuitive sense of injustice I first read Piketty’s work, co-authored with Emmanuel Saez, some years ago in graduate school. At the time I mistook it for the work of sociologists, because of its concern with historical processes and inequality, which no … Continue reading

22 May 2014 by
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[News] SPERI in Moscow

One of SPERI’s Directors, Tony Payne, was in Moscow on 19-20 May speaking at a conference on ‘Strengthening Global Summitry: Effectiveness and Legitimacy in the G8 and G20’.  The meeting was organised by the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) in Moscow. Tony’s presentation was entitled: ‘Governing the Global Crisis: Why the G20 was Formed and What We … Continue reading

21 May 2014 by
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[Comment] Exploring North-South issues in the political economy of England

Tony Payne

The HS2 rail project is underpinned by a flawed political economy that needs challenging Over the years I’ve written a lot about North-South issues in the global political economy. Yet, until now, I’ve never said a word about North-South issues in England, my own country of birth and residence. But the more I think about the way this debate is … Continue reading

20 May 2014 by
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[News] New SPERI Paper: Climate Risk, Big Data and the Weather Market by Jo Bates

As more companies say they are concerned about climate risks (see the Guardian on Friday 16th May), weather markets are increasingly big business. SPERI is pleased to publish our Paper No. 13 which analyses the development of weather index-based risk products as a response to climate instability. Through analysis of two different forms of weather market – weather derivatives and weather … Continue reading

19 May 2014 by
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[News] Conference planning is now well under way

We are now working intensively in SPERI to prepare for our third annual conference which takes place from 30th June – 2nd July 2014 at Halifax Hall in Sheffield.  The conference theme this year is ‘The Global Contours of Growth and Development: Beyond the Crisis’. We are expecting forty or more papers to be presented from delegates travelling to Sheffield … Continue reading

15 May 2014 by
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[Comment] The perversion of ‘full employment’

Craig Berry

Active labour market policy is facilitating an abundance of poor quality jobs In advocating the pursuit of ‘full employment’ last month, George Osborne sardonically offered a deliberate echo of the UK’s Keynesian past. Yet there is more substance to this knowingly provocative claim than it might appear at first. It would be implausible to suggest that Osborne’s agenda represents a … Continue reading

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