Monthly archives for March 2015

[Comment] ‘Osbornomics’: forever blowing bubbles?

Matthew Bishop

How does the Chancellor succeed in telling such a positive story about his management of the British economy when it contradicts so much of the evidence? As the 2015 budget illustrated, George Osborne is undeniably one of the shrewdest politicians in Britain today.  He is not, in my view, a very good Chancellor, though, and overall his stewardship of the … Continue reading

31 March 2015 by
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[Comment] Inequality Redux VI


The intersectional consequences of austerity This post looks at the intersections of different expressions of inequality and their interlinkages.  It makes the argument that reducing inequality to one of its expresssions, for example income or class, falls short both of understanding how poverty is created and of providing answers as to how to address it.  Intersectional analysis, in contrast, takes … Continue reading

26 March 2015 by
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[News] New SPERI Paper: The Revenge of Sovereignty: The SNP, the Financial Crisis and UK Constitutional Reform

This new SPERI paper offers a critical examination of the interaction between the SNP’s constitutional agenda, its shifting attitude to EU integration, and its economic policy goals. It adopts a historical perspective stretching back to the 1970s, and relates the SNP’s vision of social democracy as enhanced regional development policy to the 1990s European legal discourses of ‘post-sovereignty’ and ‘subsidiarity’. It … Continue reading

25 March 2015 by
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[Comment] Conservative debt-reduction strategies and Victorian morals

Matthew Watson

Even though ‘Victorian values’ have become bywords for reactionary social policy, the 1866 budget shows that today’s Conservative Party fares badly by comparison Throughout the current parliament the UK Coalition Government has been beset by accusations that its welfare reforms echo the Victorian treatment of some of society’s most vulnerable citizens.  Perhaps I should reveal my hand straightaway by saying … Continue reading

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[Comment] Votes for vocational education?

Sir Keith Burnett

Through advanced apprenticeships, universities and industry can unite to manufacture a more sustainable future for the UK economy In the run up to the General Election, British political parties are vying to show their vision for economic growth, and their support for the development of the vocational skills which will support it. All agree there is a problem, bemoan the … Continue reading

24 March 2015 by
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[News] Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow & SPERI Research Fellow, Genevieve LeBaron earns a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award (BARSEA)

Congratulations to Genevieve LeBaron, Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow in the Department of Politics and SPERI Research Fellow, who has earned a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award (BARSEA) for early career researchers. The BARSEA awards are part of a new programme of funding for the development of early career researchers with exciting potential, who have already established their academic credentials in their … Continue reading

23 March 2015 by
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[News] Craig Berry’s response to the budget 2015

Craig Berry, Deputy Director of SPERI responds to the budget in this short video. Download Craig Berry’s latest brief (pdf): The UK housing market and stamp duty.

19 March 2015 by
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[Comment] Inequality Redux V

Hannah Lambie-Mumford

Equity, entitlements and the changing nature of welfare In an increasingly unequal world, we might console ourselves with the notion that certain principles which have traditionally underpinned our social policy will continue to drive progressive responses, despite the ever growing gap between the rich and the poor. This post explores how, despite their importance in mitigating against the worst effects … Continue reading

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[Comment] The G20 and China

The decision to hold the 2016 summit in China creates both opportunities and challenges in relation to the prospect of a new phase of Asian global leadership On the last day of the G20 summit held in Brisbane last November, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced that an ‘overwhelming number of G20 members’ had supported the choice of China as … Continue reading

18 March 2015 by
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[Comment] The Premier League television bonanza

Wyn Grant

Opinions differ as to whether this represents the market economy at its worst or its most competitive The amount paid by broadcasters for three years of Premier League television rights from 2016-17 exceeded all expectations.   Sky and BT agreed to pay £5.16bn over the period: three years ago they paid just £3bn for the rights.   Sky is spending … Continue reading

17 March 2015 by
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