Monthly archives for November 2014

[News] Video of the New Statesman SPERI Prize lecture with Mariana Mazzucato

The video of the New Statesman SPERI Prize lecture with Mariana Mazzucato is now online: Mariana was awarded the  inaugural New Statesman SPERI Prize for political economy for her work on smart growth and the entrepreneurial state.  Click here for the audio and review of the night.

27 November 2014 by
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[Comment] The political economy of ‘a country called Europe’

Dimitris Ballas

New mapping techniques open up the possibility of both a more informed policy-making and a greater sense of solidarity Can Europe be seen as one country?  Or at least as an emerging ‘entity of identity’ made up of a growing number of smaller countries and regions?  To what extent, in other words, can we start talking about the political economy … Continue reading

Categories: Development, Economics, Employment, Europe and the EU, Inequality, Social science, SPERI Comment, Welfare | Tags: , , , , | Leave a comment

[Comment] The rebalancing agenda, Boris Johnson and the politics of pension funds

Craig Berry

The Conservative agenda on pension investments is inherently shallow and increasingly moralistic in tone The UK coalition government has had its eye on pension fund investments for a while.  A reorientation of investment practice by pension funds is seen as essential to economic rebalancing; the explicit suggestion is that pension funds are too short-termist in nature and have not sufficiently … Continue reading

26 November 2014 by
Categories: British growth crisis, Craig Berry, Debt, Economics, Finance, Politics and policy, SPERI Comment, Tax, Welfare | Tags: , , , , | 1 comment

[Comment] Dilemmas for the left on EU citizenship

Owen Parker

The principle of non-discrimination is not necessarily a threat to welfare and the vision of a social Europe On 11 November the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that two Romanian nationals, and therefore EU citizens, Elisabeta Dano and her son, Florin, could legitimately be denied the right to claim benefits in Germany designed to cover the recipients’ subsistence.  The … Continue reading

25 November 2014 by
Categories: Employment, Europe and the EU, Human rights, Politics and policy, Social science, SPERI Comment, Welfare | Tags: , , , , , , | Leave a comment

[News] SPERI PGR Network meeting with Martin Jones, 1 December

The Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) coordinates a small network of PhD and post-doctoral students who have an interest in political economy. As such we are interested in recruiting PGRs from across the faculty who would like to attend our next event. The next meeting of the SPERI PGR network will involve a presentation from Professor Martin Jones who … Continue reading

24 November 2014 by
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[News] Sarah Cook, director of UNRISD, visits SiiD and SPERI

Sarah Cook, director of UNRISD, was in Sheffield last week to give the Siid (The Sheffield Insitute for International Development)  Annual Lecture “The ‘Universal Framework’ for Sustainable Development: A new global paradigm or business as usual?”. (see ‘Sarah Cook visits SIID for Annual Lecture’). Sarah Cook also visited SPERI and held discussions with two of our Research Fellows: Hannah Lambie-Mumford and Genevieve Lebaron. … Continue reading

20 November 2014 by
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[Comment] Social democracy and Scottish independence

James Stafford

The ‘radical’ proponents of Scottish independence dramatically overstated its potential to transform Britain’s broken political economy Throughout the debate surrounding Scottish independence, social democratic defenders of the Union suffered from what Ben Jackson has described as ‘cognitive dissonance’.  Across many parts of the Yes campaign, powerful arguments were advanced, many of them familiar to readers of this blog, critiquing Britain’s … Continue reading

Categories: British growth crisis, Economics, Politics and policy, SPERI Comment | Tags: , , , | 1 comment

[Comment] The British crisis and the ‘end of neoliberalism’

Pia Riggirozzi and Jean Grugel

There are many useful lessons to be learnt from the Latin American debate about ‘post-neoliberal’ political economy The crisis in British politics, from the slow, partial and uneven economic recovery to the exhaustion of the Westminster model in the wake of the Scottish referendum, is in the news. Academic commentary following the financial crisis in 2007-8 has focused on political … Continue reading

19 November 2014 by
Categories: British growth crisis, Global South, Inequality, Politics and policy, SPERI Comment, Tony Payne | Tags: , , , , , , | Leave a comment

[Comment] The Catalan democratic rebellion

Mònica Clua-Losada

A longstanding sense of unfinished business in the democratisation of Spain has moved to a new stage of crisis Just over a week ago, on 9 November, and coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the world gazed at a small place on the North-East coast of the Iberian Peninsula.  In this place, over 2 … Continue reading

18 November 2014 by
Categories: Europe and the EU, Global crisis, SPERI Comment | Tags: , , , , , | Leave a comment

[News] Review and audio of the New Statesman SPERI Prize lecture by Mariana Mazzucato

The New Statesman SPERI prize Lecture with Mariana Mazzucato of the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex took place last night at the Emmanuel Centre in London. Tony Payne, Professor of Political Economy and co-director of SPERI introduced this new prize for Political Economy. In his introduction Tony stressed that by political economy he was referring … Continue reading

14 November 2014 by
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