Monthly archives for February 2015

[News] Video of last week’s ‘In Conversation’ evening with Frances O’Grady

The Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) held the third of its ‘In Conversation’ evenings last week with Frances O’Grady, General Secretary of the TUC. The video of the event is now available online. We have also selected a short insightful extract of Frances O’Grady recalling her trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos. A must-watch. Extract: We have … Continue reading

26 February 2015 by
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[Comment] Inequality Redux II

Martin Craig

The ‘trilemma’ of equality, accumulation and ecology The view that inequality is a barrier to economic performance, rather than a ‘social justice issue’ rendered moot by economic growth, has returned to public debate (if not, alas, the party-political agenda).  A growing chorus of voices considers greater equality to be a pre-condition of a more stable growth model, as this blog … Continue reading

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[Comment] Capitalism, greening and political economy

Matthew Patterson

China and other countries in the global South are leading the way in the uptake of renewable energy and the pursuit of green growth Hints that we maybe undergoing profound transformations in capitalism as it grapples with the unprecedented challenge of taking the fossil fuels out of the global economy are rapidly becoming clearer.  In our book Climate Capitalism, published … Continue reading

25 February 2015 by
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[News] SPERI PGR Network seminar with Professor Matthew Watson

SPERI PGR Network’s fourth seminar will take place tomorrow, 25th February, in the ICOSS boardroom from 1500-1700. Professor Matthew Watson will be speaking about his current research ‘Rethinking the Market: Challenging orthodoxies to put people first‘. Matthew is Professor of Political Economy at Warwick University and a member of the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation. His work … Continue reading

24 February 2015 by
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[Comment] Singaporean lessons?

Matthew Bishop

Singapore is often held up as a model of development, and it does indeed carry some interesting lessons for other countries, both small and large, to consider A question my Caribbean students often ask is: ‘why can’t we be more like Singapore?’  By this, they mean a small country with high levels of development, which is safe, clean, and generates … Continue reading

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[News] ‘In Conversation’ with Frances O’Grady

SPERI had the pleasure to welcome the General Secretary of the TUC, Frances O’Grady, last night for the third of our ‘In Conversation’ evenings in the Octagon in front of a large and keen audience. Introducing the event, Deputy Director Craig Berry welcomed Frances to the University and noted that the TUC has become virtually the lone voice in mainstream politics … Continue reading

20 February 2015 by
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[News] New Brief: Public and private sector employment across the UK since the financial crisis

In this Brief, the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute shows that since the 2008 financial crisis, London has been relatively protected from public sector job losses compared to other regions in the UK. This means that whilst London and the South East have increased their share of public sector jobs from 23.7% to 25.1% of the UK total, the North … Continue reading

19 February 2015 by
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[Comment] Inequality Redux I

Scott Lavery

Wage decline, welfare retrenchment and the politics of austerity in Britain In the years immediately following the crisis of 2007-8, income inequality declined in Britain on some key measures. However, focusing on the labour market as well as on the changing composition of Britain’s welfare state, this post argues that real wage decline has precipitated a ‘race-to-the-bottom’ in Britain, whereby … Continue reading

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[Comment] The material benefits of being a former leader

Blair and Clinton highlight the growing trend for ex-leaders to enjoy highly lucrative afterlives Most international political economy scholars concentrate on the rationale and techniques for leaders to hold on to power.  Yet, as I detail in a new book, a wide number of presidents and prime ministers increasingly appreciate the advantages that come with an exit from formal political … Continue reading

18 February 2015 by
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[News] New SPERI Paper: Addressing Food Poverty in the UK: Charity, Rights and Welfare

We are delighted to publish this new paper which presents findings from a study into the rise of charitable emergency food provision in the UK and its implications for food rights. In the paper Hannah Lambie-Mumford focusses particularly on exploring the rise of food charity in relation to two aspects outlined by the notion of the right to food: the adequacy … Continue reading

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