Posts by Owen Parker

Owen Parker, Associate Fellow, SPERI, & Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Sheffield

The Labour Party’s free movement dilemma

Owen Parker

There are good pragmatic and principled reasons for the Labour Party to reverse its opposition to the free movement of EU citizens In its 2017 manifesto the Labour Party is unequivocal: ‘freedom of movement will end when we leave the European Union’. But this apparently clear position on free movement is not a longstanding one in a Labour Party that … Continue reading

31 July 2017 by Owen Parker
Categories: SPERI Comment

The political economy of the White Paper on The Future of Europe: Part Two

Owen Parker

The Commission’s White Paper understates both the depth of the crisis associated with the EU status quo and what needs to be done about it In Part One of this blog I offered an overview of the European Commission’s recent White Paper (WP) on The Future of Europe (at 27) and highlighted some of the political debate and division it … Continue reading

22 March 2017 by Owen Parker
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The political economy of the White Paper on the Future of Europe: Part One

Owen Parker

The Commission’s new White Paper offers some interesting post-Brexit scenarios for ‘the future of Europe’, but realising any of these will be difficult in a context of political divisions among the remaining 27 states At the beginning of March the European Commission published a White Paper (WP) on The Future of Europe at 27 (i.e. the current EU-28 minus the … Continue reading

21 March 2017 by Owen Parker
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Brexit and the left: heading deeper into the void?

Owen Parker

The support in traditional Labour party heartlands for leaving the EU should serve as a wake up call for the British and European left The decision of a sizeable number of working class Britons to vote to leave the EU on 23rd June was a significant factor in the outcome of the EU referendum. According to polling data 60+% of … Continue reading

27 June 2016 by Owen Parker
Categories: EU Referendum, Europe and the EU, SPERI Comment Tags: ,

Lexit? Careful what you wish for…

Owen Parker

A number of voices on the British left have in recent months pushed the idea of ‘Lexit’ – a progressive position in favour of Britain leaving the EU. While their critique of the EU has merit, their solution is counterproductive In July 2015 Owen Jones suggested that the British left should seriously consider ‘Lexit’ – a progressive position in favour … Continue reading

12 April 2016 by Owen Parker
Categories: Economics, EU Referendum, Europe and the EU, SPERI Comment Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Spanish politics in major flux

Owen Parker

Two recent events will complicate and shape Spanish politics in the coming year, with broader implications for Europe and its political economy The national election in Spain on 20 December 2015 (20D) saw the ruling conservative PP, led by Mariano Rajoy, receive the largest share of the vote and the social democratic PSOE, led by Pedro Sánchez, come second.  But … Continue reading

20 January 2016 by Owen Parker
Categories: Europe and the EU, Politics and policy, SPERI Comment Tags: , , , , ,

The self-protection of European society (inside and outside the EU)

Owen Parker

Growing political turmoil in Greece, Spain and Turkey could be a precursor to a Polanyian ‘great transformation’ away from neoliberalism Many commentators on the global financial crisis and its aftermath in the European context have sought to make sense of the widespread political resistance and protest that has emerged in its wake.  Karl Polanyi, a well-known figure among political economists, … Continue reading

24 September 2015 by Owen Parker
Categories: Europe and the EU, Global crisis, Political theory, Politics and policy, Social science, SPERI Comment Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

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 Owen Parker
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Dilemmas for the left on EU citizenship

Owen Parker

The principle of non-discrimination is not necessarily a threat to welfare and the vision of a social Europe On 11 November the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that two Romanian nationals, and therefore EU citizens, Elisabeta Dano and her son, Florin, could legitimately be denied the right to claim benefits in Germany designed to cover the recipients’ subsistence.  The … Continue reading

25 November 2014 by Owen Parker
Categories: Employment, Europe and the EU, Human rights, Politics and policy, Social science, SPERI Comment, Welfare Tags: , , , , , ,

Citizenship for sale?

Owen Parker

Individual investor programmes in Europe raise huge questions about citizenship and borders in a globalising world Henley and Partners – one among many private firms specialising in ‘residency and citizenship planning’ for the world’s wealthy – describes on its website how the Maltese government will grant citizenship within one year to those able to invest €650 000 in the country’s … Continue reading

4 September 2014 by Owen Parker
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Everyday life in crisis Spain: are we all Roma now?

Owen Parker

As the hardships of life touch more and more sectors of Spanish society, so new forms of resistance are spreading too At the height of the Spanish property boom in the early 2000s, relatively poor (mainly Pakistani) immigrants in the municipalities of Badalona and Santa Coloma de Gramanet near Barcelona became landlords.  They were Spain’s very own ‘sub-prime’ mortgage borrowers, … Continue reading

1 October 2013 by Owen Parker
Categories: Europe and the EU, SPERI Comment

Why entrepreneurs will not save the world

Owen Parker

Governments have championed ‘entrepreneurs’ as figures capable of reviving stagnant economies and alleviating social problems. But who are they, and are they worth celebrating? Forbes Magazine recently published an article entitled ‘Why entrepreneurs will save the world’ which was written by the author of a book with the sub-title, ‘Embrace Uncertainty and Create the Future’.  Celebratory pro-entrepreneurship language of this … Continue reading

30 May 2013 by Owen Parker
Categories: Business, SPERI Comment