Monthly archives for July 2015

[Comment] A terminal crisis of Anglo-America?

Jeremy Green

In the wake of the global financial crisis new strains have emerged within the US-UK ‘Special Relationship’ Scenes of Lehman Brothers’ employees hurriedly clearing out belongings from their London offices in September 2008, as the bank filed for the largest bankruptcy in US history, became part of the iconic imagery of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC). Lehman’s collapse was the … Continue reading

30 July 2015 by
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[Comment] Transport investment and the North’s development dilemmas

Tom Hunt and Craig Berry

The gap between rhetoric and reality with regard to transport investment in the North of England encapsulates all the problems of Northern economic development In June 2014 George Osborne laid out his ‘Northern Powerhouse’ concept in a speech in Manchester. He set out the four ‘ingredients’ of his vision: By joining our northern cities together – not physically, or into … Continue reading

28 July 2015 by
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[Comment] Rwanda: an agrarian developmental state?

Graham Harrison

‘Getting the politics right’ in smallholder agriculture is an important first step in Rwanda’s development, but it needs to be sustained for a generation At the heart of the burgeoning literature on Rwanda is the country’s rapid economic growth since the early 2000s, and its accompaniment by a raft of other encouraging development statistics.  GDP per capita has grown from … Continue reading

23 July 2015 by
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[News] 2016 SPERI Conference announcement: ‘Political Economy in an Age of Great Uncertainty’

The Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) is pleased to announce that its next major conference will take place from 4-6 July 2016 and will be held, as previously, in the Halifax Hall conference centre in Sheffield. The theme of the conference will be: ‘Political Economy in an Age of Great Uncertainty’. SPERI’s focus encompasses analysis of all the major … Continue reading

22 July 2015 by
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[Comment] Deficit fetishism and the art of political bullshit: Part II

Jonathan Hopkin and Ben Rosamond

Faced with radical uncertainty, rationally ignorant actors are more likely to fall back on conventional, emotionally satisfying beliefs than complex theories advanced by professional economists In a previous post we argued that the current obsession with the UK’s budgetary position, far from being the result of a rational debate about Britain’s economic problems, is best seen as an example of … Continue reading

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[Comment] My report on corporate welfare

Kevin Farnsworth

It’s time to have a grown-up debate in the UK about the other sort of welfare The purpose of my report into British corporate welfare, which featured in the Guardian on budget day, was to bring corporate welfare into the debate about the future shape of the state.  The report raises questions about the role of the government in meeting, … Continue reading

21 July 2015 by
Categories: Economics, SPERI Comment, Tax, trade, Welfare | Tags: , , | 1 comment

[News] SPERI appoints New Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

SPERI is delighted to announce that it has appointed Scott Lavery to the position of Post-Doctoral Research Fellow. He will take up the post for two years from 1 January 2016. His research will focus on ‘Britain’s changing place in Europe: Understanding the role of the ‘Anglo-liberal’ heartlands in Europe’s shifting political economy’. Scott has spent the last three years … Continue reading

20 July 2015 by
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[Comment] The complexity of securing a pay rise for Britain

Sarah Brown

The collection of essays recently published by the Resolution Foundation offers a range of innovative solutions In the context of signs of economic recovery, the recent publication of a collection of short essays by the Resolution Foundation that explore a wide range of themes related to securing wage recovery in Britain is both timely and welcome.  Given the well-documented, recent … Continue reading

16 July 2015 by
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[Comment] Deficit fetishism and the art of political bullshit: Part I

Jonathan Hopkin and Ben Rosamond

Attempts to refute bullshit by appeals to the ‘facts’ are likely to be unsuccessful as argumentative strategies Debates about economic policy in the recent UK General Election campaign were dominated by one particular claim: that the last Labour government, which left office in 2010, was wholly responsible for the deficit.  This claim became a central plank of the Conservative Party’s … Continue reading

15 July 2015 by
Categories: Austerity, British growth crisis, Politics and policy, Rethinking Recovery, Social science, SPERI Comment | Tags: , , , , , | 1 comment

[Comment] Land leasing vs property tax?

Tom Goodfellow

African governments, and their international advisors, need to join up their thinking more effectively when pursuing ‘big urban reform’ Tax is back in fashion in international development circles.  We know that in the history of much of the world developing taxation systems was virtually synonymous with state-building; we believe that taxation enhances accountability and builds the ‘social contract’; and consequently … Continue reading

14 July 2015 by
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