Posts by Martin Craig

Martin Craig, Research Fellow at SPERI

Treasury Control and the prospects for green industrial strategy in Britain

Martin Craig

The Treasury’s powers and priorities impinge upon environmental, energy and industrial policies. Understanding and reforming them is a vital step for creating a green industrial strategy The recent consolidation of the industry and energy portfolios in the new Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has sparked considerable speculation among environmentalists and policy analysts, especially given the removal of … Continue reading

10 November 2016 by Martin Craig
Categories: SPERI Comment Tags: ,

The Coming Crisis: political economy and the ‘other crisis’

Martin Craig

How we diagnose and respond to the ‘socio-ecological’ crisis is essential to our understanding of any ‘coming crisis’ These are anxious times for political economists, as this blog series attests. A crisis is coming (if it’s not already upon us). Decisive changes are needed to avoid dire consequences. But what exactly is this ‘coming crisis’? At first sight the prior … Continue reading

1 June 2016 by Martin Craig
Categories: Climate change, Environment, SPERI Comment, Sustainability, The coming crisis

SPERI spotlight on the UN climate summit V

Martin Craig

From the politics of climate summitry to the political economy of climate-change mitigation Today, the 21st ‘Conference of the Parties’ to the UNFCCC begins in Paris. The climate of international affairs has changed dramatically in recent weeks. Yet the four contributors to this blog series point to troubling continuities. They highlight, in different ways, the ongoing failure of multilateral climate … Continue reading

30 November 2015 by Martin Craig
Categories: Climate change, Development, Economics, Europe and the EU, SPERI Comment, UN Climate Summit Tags:

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 Martin Craig
Categories: Environment, Social science, SPERI Comment, Sustainability Tags: , , ,

Thought experiments in the political economy of (ecological) crisis displacement: Part 1

Martin Craig

The future crises that we confront depend, above all, on the way we choose to respond to the present ecological crisis With the term ‘crisis’ used so often and so liberally in recent years it’s worth reminding ourselves of the term’s medical etymology: namely, a moment in which the condition of a sick patient deteriorates and ‘decisive intervention’ must be … Continue reading

26 May 2015 by Martin Craig
Categories: Inequality, Political theory, Politics and policy, SPERI Comment, Sustainability

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

26 February 2015 by Martin Craig
Categories: Climate change, Inequality, SPERI Comment, Sustainability

Locating Naomi Klein in the political economy of climate change

Martin Craig

She sits somewhat uneasily between ecological Marxists and pro-market ecological economists Naomi Klein’s new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, offers a distinctive political economy perspective on the slow rate of policy responses to the scientific consensus that emissions of greenhouse gasses must be reduced if hazardous and irreversible changes to the earth’s climate are to be avoided.  … Continue reading

22 December 2014 by Martin Craig
Categories: Climate change, Economics, Global crisis, SPERI Comment, Sustainability Tags: ,