Posts by Mick Moran

Professor Mick Moran, Member of SPERI's International Advisory Board & Professor of Government, Alliance Business School University of Manchester

Lost in Dicey: judges, Brexit and the constitution

Mick Moran

The Supreme Court’s Article 50 judgement was based on a constitutional fallacy that puts the stability of the United Kingdom at risk On 24 January this year the United Kingdom  Supreme Court dismissed the appeal of the UK government against the  decision of the English and Welsh Divisional Court (colloquially the Court of Appeal) over the legal conditions under which … Continue reading

13 March 2017 by Mick Moran
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Brexit and the British state

Mick Moran

Focusing on the ‘left behind’ thesis ignores the real message exposed by the referendum: the UK is a fragmented and fast dissolving state Despite all the uncertainties generated by the referendum result of 23 June, one assertion is now commonly made with increasing confidence: that support for a ‘leave’ vote was a protest from those left behind by the twin … Continue reading

16 November 2016 by Mick Moran
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‘It’s the constitution, stupid’: the rise of outsourcing and the new economic constitution in Britain

Mick Moran

There is now a need to recognise, and then constitutionalise, the co-dependence of the outsourcing giants with the state With my colleagues in CRESC at Manchester I have just published a study of the outsourcing revolution in Britain: the rise of outsourcing corporate giants like SERCO as contracted suppliers of a huge range of services for the state, both at … Continue reading

12 November 2015 by Mick Moran
Categories: SPERI Comment

‘It’s the economy wot won it’

Mick Moran

Labour’s argument on the economy was condemned by the association of ‘the two Eds’ with New Labour’s record The general election result of last Thursday will rightly be seen as epochal: for the future of the Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats; for the future of the Union in the UK; and, quite possibly, after the now certain referendum in … Continue reading

13 May 2015 by Mick Moran
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Why is political science not in crisis as a result of the crisis?

Mick Moran

Economics is beginning to rethink many of its presuppositions as a consequence of the financial crisis, but political science sails blithely and complacently onwards It is a commonplace that the financial crash of 2007-9 also caused an intellectual crisis in the discipline of Economics.  That sense of crisis has had healthy results: while a minority of economists still maintain the … Continue reading

25 March 2014 by Mick Moran
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The new contractual state in Britain

Mick Moran

Britain’s contractual state has been marked by systemic abuses, incompetence and a lack of transparency The recent death of Ronald Coase marks the passing of an economist who made landmark contributions to political economy in the SPERI style.   Coase’s most famous insight concerned the limits of markets: if markets are so effective, he asked, why do firms not simply contract … Continue reading

3 October 2013 by Mick Moran
Categories: SPERI Comment

Letter from Copenhagen

Mick Moran

Denmark’s social democracy is remarkably impressive, but there are major challenges ahead It is now nearly thirty years since the publication of Peter Katzenstein’s pioneering comparative study of the political economy of small corporatist states.  Small States in World Markets (1985) argued that a collection of small countries – Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium, Austria and Switzerland – had built … Continue reading

11 June 2013 by Mick Moran
Categories: Europe and the EU, SPERI Comment

Bankers, bonuses and reputation

Mick Moran

The perennial controversy over bankers’ bonuses is symptomatic of a deeper public distrust of business in the UK The bank bonus season is still around us, and a ritual now well established is being enacted once again: the investment bankers award themselves fortunes; whilst the politicians, press and commentators denounce their selfishness. Although this annual frenzy may be very entertaining, … Continue reading

2 April 2013 by Mick Moran
Categories: Finance, SPERI Comment

Catalonia: the canary in the Euromine?

Mick Moran

As the financial crisis intensifies divisions within European nations, Catalonia’s independence movement could be a sign of things to come For years now our sights have been fixed on Greece as the most likely point of fracture in the Eurozone.  But the election campaign in Catalonia in November highlighted an even more likely set of fracture possibilities: along the lines … Continue reading

12 December 2012 by Mick Moran
Categories: Europe and the EU, SPERI Comment