Posts by Wyn Grant

Wyn Grant, Emeritus Professor of Politics at the University of Warwick and a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

The murky world of lobbying

Wyn Grant

Despite recent reforms, there are still concerns that the activities of lobbyists lack transparency and are insufficiently regulated Last month the London public relations firm Bell Pottinger appointed administrators following its expulsion from the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) after a complaint by South Africa’s opposition Democratic Alliance. Bell Pottinger had represented the Gupta family who had been accused … Continue reading

4 October 2017 by Wyn Grant
Categories: SPERI Comment Tags: , , ,

The Premier League television bonanza

Wyn Grant

Opinions differ as to whether this represents the market economy at its worst or its most competitive The amount paid by broadcasters for three years of Premier League television rights from 2016-17 exceeded all expectations.   Sky and BT agreed to pay £5.16bn over the period: three years ago they paid just £3bn for the rights.   Sky is spending … Continue reading

17 March 2015 by Wyn Grant
Categories: Economics, Inequality, SPERI Comment, Sport, Tax Tags: , , , , ,

What happened to British decline?

Wyn Grant

The discourse may have changed, but the problems remain There was once a whole academic cottage industry devoted to British relative decline.  Indeed, there was a sufficiently large literature to allow me to teach a course on the general issue of decline.   Andrew Gamble published four editions of a book entitled Britain in Decline.  However, the term has now largely … Continue reading

16 October 2014 by Wyn Grant
Categories: British growth crisis, Economics, Employment, Housing, SPERI Comment Tags: , ,

Is there a political economy of football?

Football often likes to see itself as a world apart from society and politics, but it is susceptible to political economy analysis The ‘world of football’ and ‘football people’ are terms often used in discussions of the game of football.   They signify a wish for football to regulate itself and to deal as little as possible with societal forces outside … Continue reading

23 May 2013 by Wyn Grant
Categories: Political theory, SPERI Comment, Sport