Monthly archives for June 2015

[News] New SPERI Paper No. 23: ‘The Failure of Austerity’

This Paper is drawn from the Annual SPERI Lecture given by Lord Robert Skidelsky in The Octagon at the University of Sheffield on 19th May 2015. Lord Skidelsky is Emeritus Professor of Political Economy at the University of Warwick. His three volume biography of the economist John Maynard Keynes (1983, 1992, 2000) received numerous prizes, including the Lionel Gelber Prize … Continue reading

30 June 2015 by
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[Comment] Sustainable Development Goals for all countries

Gail Hurley

Does this signal a paradigm shift in how we have to conceive of ‘development’? 2015 is a major year for international development – or so we’re told.  I’ve written before about the UN’s bold new development programme, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will be agreed in New York in September.  This ambitious new development agenda calls on all governments … Continue reading

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[Comment] Fundamental rights and neoliberalism in Crisis Spain (and Crisis EU)

Owen Parker

Political tensions in Spain are a microcosm of a broader conflict between human rights and neoliberalism that is playing itself out in the EU and beyond On the back of its local elections Spain has been heralded as a positive news story for the European left.  This is the case, especially, in its major cities, Madrid and Barcelona, where two … Continue reading

25 June 2015 by
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[Comment] Rethinking Recovery IV

Britain’s recovery industry: profiting from austerity? This post investigates the burgeoning ‘recovery industry’ in Britain.  As the government cuts welfare and pushes people into precarious labour markets in the name of austerity, it is simultaneously opening up new spheres of profitability for firms.  This is stabilising the status quo of profits over people who are being pushed to produce a … Continue reading

24 June 2015 by
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[Comment] The political economy of (ecological) crisis displacement: Part II

Martin Craig

Failure to begin the difficult process of questioning the purposes of economic activity may produce even more intractable ecological crises in the future In the previous post of this series I argued that contemporary climate policy – to the degree that it succeeds – can only achieve a ‘de-carbonisation’ of the political-economic status quo. It does not challenge the ways … Continue reading

23 June 2015 by
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[News] New SPERI Paper: Inequality Redux

We are delighted to publish as a SPERI Paper the series of blogs by SPERI staff and students, which ran from February to April 2015, all devoted to the theme of inequality. The posts were intended to paint into place a different backdrop to the issues that were being debated in the British General Election campaign which ran as the … Continue reading

18 June 2015 by
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[Comment] It’s the political economy, stupid!

Colin Hay and Tony Payne

Labour desperately needs a new and compelling narrative about how it would build a different economy from the Conservatives – and time is already running out Labour’s post-election debate is only six weeks old, but it is already going wrong.  It’s not just that the choice of a new leader and deputy leader, with all the associated questions of character … Continue reading

Categories: Austerity, British growth crisis, Colin Hay, Inequality, Politics and policy, SPERI Comment, Tony Payne | Tags: , , , , | 2 comments

[Comment] Rethinking Recovery III

Ruth Cain

The gendered impact of Universal Credit As part of the Conservative Government’s welfare reform, Universal Credit (UC) is now being rolled out across the UK.  UC negatively and disproportionately impacts women and low-paid families.  Not only does it do little to address the social crises sparked by austerity, it also enacts punitive sanctions on to individuals unable to amass sufficient … Continue reading

17 June 2015 by
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[Comment] Reforming FIFA?

Matthew Bishop

The issue lays bare the broader trade-offs between democracy, efficiency and legitimacy that epitomise global governance One of the most remarkable outcomes of the corruption scandal that has engulfed the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) is the rapidity with which its formerly impenetrable headquarters in Zurich has come to resemble a fetid goldfish bowl, the inhabitants of which finally … Continue reading

16 June 2015 by
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[News] SPERI’s Deputy Director criticises Chancellor’s ‘budget surplus’ plans

Dr Craig Berry, SPERI’s Deputy Director, was one of 77 of the country’s ‘best known academic economists’, to sign a letter published in The Guardian last Saturday attacking George Osborne’s plans, as announced in his Mansion House speech, to achieve ‘permanent budget surpluses’ in Britain.  The letter argues that these plans have ‘no basis in economics’, would unnecessarily tie the … Continue reading

15 June 2015 by
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