Monthly archives for September 2014

[Comment] The national minimum wage: more than setting a wage floor

Sarah Brown

The current focus on the level of the national minimum wage provides an opportunity to consider a wider range of issues associated with low pay Labour’s pledge to increase the national minimum wage to over £8 an hour by 2020 was announced just a week or so before the next increase in the adult national minimum wage comes into effect … Continue reading

30 September 2014 by
Categories: Economics, Politics and policy, SPERI Comment, Welfare | Tags: | 1 comment

[Comment] South Korea on the edge

Sinclair and Chung

The Sewol ferry disaster may prove to be a tipping point in state-society relations Major accidents and disasters are crucial not just for those directly involved but also for the society in which they occur and in some cases for regional and global relations.  This is surely true of the Malaysia Airlines loss of flight MH17 in Ukraine: the implications … Continue reading

25 September 2014 by
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[Comment] Where now for Scottish devolution?

Paul Sutton

A number of distinct formats are on the table, all different from federalism The votes are now in and Scotland has decided against independence. But the issues that prompted the referendum have not gone away. Instead, they have been recast in the form of devolution and federalism – for Scotland and the rest of the UK. On these questions the … Continue reading

22 September 2014 by
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[Comment] Piketty at last!

Tony Payne

This is a remarkable book, but not necessarily all that it has been proclaimed to be I came very late to Piketty’s party.  Contrary to received opinion outside the fold, the working routine of the modern university does not leave much time for reading books that are 685 pages long.  I’ve therefore had both the advantage and disadvantage of observing … Continue reading

18 September 2014 by
Categories: Economics, Inequality, Political theory, SPERI Comment, Tax, Tony Payne | Tags: , | Leave a comment

[News] SPERI research project on Greece, Spain and Turkey: ‘In’ and ‘Out’ of the ‘Eurocrisis’

SPERI Director, Professor Tony Payne, spent three days in Thessaloniki last week leading the mid-term meeting of a new SPERI research project that is examining the contrasting political economies of Greece, Spain and Turkey ‘in’ and ‘out’ of the ‘Eurocrisis’ of the last few years. He was accompanied by Dr Owen Parker, Lecturer in Politics at the University of Sheffield. … Continue reading

16 September 2014 by
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[Comment] Mega-regional trade deals in the Asia-Pacific

Jeffrey Wilson

The governments of this region are choosing between competing visions for the regional trade system The regional trade system in the Asia-Pacific is at a cross-road.  After negotiating many bilateral free trade agreements during the 2000s, the last few years has seen the emergence of two new ‘mega-regional’ trade deals – the US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the ASEAN-centred Regional … Continue reading

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[News] New SPERI Brief: The relationship between economic growth and population growth

In this Brief, the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) considers the relationship between population growth and economic growth in the UK. The fact that populations and economic output tend to grow in tandem, albeit at different rates, has been well-documented. However, the link between population growth and economic growth in the UK appears to have weakened. The implications of … Continue reading

15 September 2014 by
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[News] Two contrasting views on the Scottish Referendum from SPERI

The campaign on the  Scottish Referendum has increased in intensity on both sides. For the first time the ‘yes’ has overtaken the ‘no’ in the polls. In an interview for BBC Warwick/Conventry on Tuesday 9 September Scott Lavery explains some of the reasons behind the shift of support towards the ‘yes’ campaign. You can listen to him here one hour … Continue reading

11 September 2014 by
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[Comment] ‘Tartan neoliberalism’ isn’t driving the campaign for Scottish independence

Scott Lavery

There is instead the prospect of a re-awakened social democracy In his blog posted two days ago, Craig Berry states that ‘cold-hearted analysis of Britain’s political economy’ has led him to advocate a ‘No’ vote in the forthcoming Scottish independence referendum.  His argument is that the SNP’s ‘tartanised neoliberalism’ will ultimately entrench an independent Scotland’s ‘subservience’ to the UK’s finance-led … Continue reading

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[Comment] Scotland can do better than ‘tartanised’ neoliberalism

Craig Berry

The SNP has failed to offer a meaningful alternative to the UK’s flawed economic model – a view from Northern England If I were Scottish, I genuinely don’t know how I would vote in the upcoming independence referendum.  After centuries of subservience to the London metropolis, the lure of self-rule must be extremely tempting.  Yet, as a non-Scot, I’m desperately … Continue reading

9 September 2014 by
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