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The New Political Economy of Oil

SPERI is delighted to report two new publications that explore in different formats the changing political economy of oil and the place that oil now occupies in the economic and political predicaments that confront the West.  Both are authored by Helen Thompson, Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge and an Honorary Research Fellow of SPERI. … Continue reading

1 June 2017 by
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New SPERI Paper: The Political Economy of Brexit and the UK’s National Business Model

Today SPERI publishes a new research paper entitled ‘The Political Economy of Brexit and the UK’s National Business Model’. The paper draws together contributions from a series of workshops which ran throughout 2016 funded by the White Rose Consortium. The paper includes contributions from the three organisers of the workshop series, Scott Lavery (SPERI, Sheffield), Lucia Quaglia (York) and Charlie … Continue reading

30 May 2017 by
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The long-term impact of the state pension ‘triple lock’ | New Brief

A new report published today by SPERI finds that the impact of the pension ‘triple lock’ is modest and should be maintained.  In this new Brief, Craig Berry explores the merit of the criticism the triple lock attracts by considering the policy’s long-term impact on state pension outcomes; in short, the triple lock is assessed as a pensions policy, not simply a pensioner … Continue reading

18 May 2017 by
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‘Brexit Britain’: Where does the UK growth model go from here? New Policy Brief published by SPERI, FEPS and Policy Network

We are pleased to publish the third Brief of a series drawing on the project ‘Diverging Capitalisms? Britain, the City of London and Europe’, jointly organised by FEPS, Policy Network and SPERI. In this Brief Andrew Gamble and Scott Lavery, both of SPERI, offer a brief historical overview of the development of the UK growth model and the strategic orientation … Continue reading

30 March 2017 by
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Political Economy and the Paradoxes of Macroprudential Regulation | New SPERI Paper

We are pleased to publish a new SPERI Paper by Andrew Baker which takes a close look at macroprudential regulation by engaging with its constituent concepts and how they interrelate to one another. Andrew Baker argues that the emerging political economy of macroprudential regulation revolves around five paradoxes. The first three of these are paradoxes that characterise the financial system and are … Continue reading

22 March 2017 by
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New Paper: British Business Strategy, EU Social and Employment Policy and the Emerging Politics of Brexit

A new Paper published today highlights how Brexit might change how British businesses engage with EU institutions in order to further their objectives. Through a document analysis of business responses to the Balance of Competences Review on EU Social and Employment Policy and CBI policy documents between 2010-2016, the author Scott Lavery outlines how British business has attempted to ‘defend … Continue reading

1 February 2017 by
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European Union Financial Regulation, Banking Union, Capital Markets Union and the UK – New SPERI Paper

As part of the project on Diverging Capitalisms with FEPS and Policy Network, we are pleased to publish a new paper by Professor Lucia Quaglia which analyses the EU reforms in three key financial policy areas – financial regulation, Banking Union and Capital Markets Union – and the role played by the preferences and influence of the United Kingdom (UK) … Continue reading

25 January 2017 by
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New SPERI Paper: Rethinking the fiscal and monetary political economy of the Green State

A new Paper published today by SPERI investigates an under-theorised contradiction in the political economy of the Green State; a Robyn Eckersley concept which fosters a debate on how state capacity and legitimacy can be pragmatically utilised in order to realise environmental protection. The contradiction identified centres upon the operationalisation of an interventionist state, the move beyond economic growth, and … Continue reading

18 January 2017 by
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What Brexit and austerity tell us about economics, policy and the media – New SPERI Paper

We are delighted to publish the transcript of Simon Wren-Lewis’s Prize-winning Lecture: What Brexit and austerity tell us about economics, policy and the media. In this Paper, Simon Wren-Lewis tackles the inconsistencies and inaccuracies reported in the media about austerity and Brexit. He calls for journalists to bring in academic expertise and to prick the Westminster bubble. Simon Wren-Lewis is … Continue reading

14 December 2016 by
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Negotiating Flexibility at UNGASS 2016: Solving the ‘World Drug Problem’? – New Global Political Economy Brief

Today, SPERI is publishing a Global Political Economy Brief summarising and analysing key aspects of the political economy of the so called ‘War on Drugs’. Prohibition, led by the US, has been the favoured policy to counter drugs since the 1960s, but in recent years a number of significant shifts have taken place and stimulated calls for reform. In April … Continue reading

16 November 2016 by
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New SPERI Paper: ‘Treasury Control’ and the British Environmental State

SPERI is pleased to publish a paper by Martin Craig, SPERI Research Fellow, which explores the negative impacts of H.M. Treasury powers and policy priorities on the development of the British ‘environmental state’. A growing literature uses the term ‘environmental state’ to refer to the new roles and institutional capacities that the modern capitalist state has acquired in relation to … Continue reading

2 November 2016 by
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UK manufacturing has entered a new phase of decline – new SPERI Brief

A new SPERI British Political Economy Brief ‘UK manufacturing decline since the crisis in historical perspective’, published today, argues that UK manufacturing has entered a new phase of decline. The new Brief, by SPERI Deputy Director Craig Berry, shows that: In the 5 years since 2011 the UK manufacturing sector has bucked historical trends and created new jobs. However, output growth … Continue reading

20 October 2016 by
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New SPERI Paper: ‘Critical Transformations: Rethinking Zambian Development’

We are pleased to publish this new SPERI Paper by Nicholas Jepson, Lecturer in International Development at the University of Manchester, and Jeffrey Henderson, Professor of International Development at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, which seeks to retheorise the trajectory of Zambian development since the country’s independence. It emerges from a larger project designed to break with current discourses and rethink development more generally … Continue reading

13 October 2016 by
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New SPERI Paper: Riding the Tiger: Towards a New Growth Strategy for the Anglo-American Left

Designing an alternative growth model seems to occupy the mind of politicians and academics alike in Britain and America. But what are we trying to grow? And why are existing progressive packages not sufficient? We are pleased to publish this new SPERI Paper by David Coates, Worrell Professor at Wake Forest University, which tackles both those questions simultaneously and seeks … Continue reading

15 September 2016 by
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New SPERI paper by Wolfgang Streeck: ‘Exploding Europe: Germany, the Refugees and the British Vote to Leave’

In a new essay for SPERI leading German political economist and sociologist Wolfgang Streeck analyses Britain’s vote to leave the EU. In his new paper ‘Exploding Europe: Germany, the Refugees and the British Vote to Leave‘ Streeck argues that Angela Merkel’s decision, exactly one year ago (September 4th), to open up Germany’s borders during Europe’s ‘refugee crisis’ of late summer … Continue reading

4 September 2016 by
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We need a real deal on devolution – new joint SPERI and CLES report

A new joint report ‘The Real Deal: Pushing the parameters of devolution deals’ published today by SPERI and the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) calls on the new government to reset the devolution agenda, rethink UK governance at all levels, and presents ideas for a new settlement to make devolution a force for progressive change. The paper – co-authored … Continue reading

21 July 2016 by
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The impact of Brexit on the City and the British economic model – New Brief

We are pleased to publish the first Brief of a series drawing on the project ‘Diverging Capitalisms? Britain, the City of London and Europe’, led by FEPS, Policy Network and SPERI. In this Brief Helen Thompson and Leila Simona Talani consider the impact of Brexit on the City, focusing on two key aspects of the debate: the tensions between the … Continue reading

18 July 2016 by
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New SPERI Paper: Rethinking The Political Economy of Development Beyond ‘The Rise of the BRICS’

This new SPERI, Paper presented at the 2016 SPERI Conference, revisits the ‘rise of the BRICS’ by challenging the notion itself, which according to the author Matthew Bishop, is a hollow phrase and only describes shifts in the contemporary global political economy. Using this critique as a point of departure, this paper interrogates prevailing ways of thinking about the political … Continue reading

13 July 2016 by
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Dodd-Frank: From Economic Crisis to Regulatory Reform – New SPERI Paper

Our latest SPERI Paper, published today, looks at how the US system of financial regulation has come under increased criticism in the aftermath of the 2008 economic crisis. As the crisis deepened, regulatory reform became a political necessity but no consensus existed on what direction reform should take. In 2010, after a long political battle, the US Congress passed the … Continue reading

14 June 2016 by
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‘Austerity Politics and UK Economic Policy’ – new book by SPERI’s Deputy Director now available

A new book, Austerity Politics and UK Economic Policy, by SPERI Deputy Director Craig Berry has been published by Palgrave. The book assesses UK economic policy in the wake of the financial crisis through the lens of the austerity agenda, focusing on monetary policy, economic rebalancing, industrial and regional policy, the labour market, welfare reform and budgetary management. Berry argues … Continue reading

7 June 2016 by
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