Category archives for Europe and the EU

The CBI, British business and employment rights after Brexit

Scott Lavery

Brexit undermines the CBI’s EU engagement strategy. British business now faces a dilemma about how to influence social and employment policy In the run-up to the EU referendum, both the trade unions and the Labour leadership warned that Brexit could lead to an attack on a range of employment rights underpinned by EU legislation.  This argument was generally made with … Continue reading

4 October 2016 by
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Austerity has transformed the meaning and morality of work in the UK

Craig Berry

Measuring economic success through levels of employment obscures the unsustainable and oppressive nature of the UK’s recovery Work has of course always been central to capitalist organisation, since the ability of capital to extract surplus value from labour is at the essential core of accumulation processes. In post-crisis UK, however, work has become not only integral to the function of … Continue reading

19 July 2016 by
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After Brexit where next for UK employment rights?

Jason Heyes

The new Conservative government could rewrite employment rights, what happens now will depend on whether pragmatism or ideology prevails The potential consequences of Brexit for UK employment rights was a prominent issue in the debate that preceded the referendum.  Many employment entitlements are underpinned by European directives that establish a basic floor of rights for all EU and EEA member … Continue reading

14 July 2016 by
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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
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Repost: Brexistential Crisis – what would Cassandra say?

Colin Hay

In January Colin Hay, SPERI’s co-director, predicted that Britain would vote to leave the European Union in 2016. Today as that prediction (in the manner of Cassandra) comes to pass we’re reposting Colin’s article which goes on to make two further predictions about the break-up of Britain and a second financial crisis. Prediction is a dark art – a terrain … Continue reading

24 June 2016 by
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Resisting Labour Reforms in France

Heather Connolly

The current industrial action will test the ‘reactionary radicalism’ of French unions and the Government’s ability to introduce reforms On 4th November 2015, France’s labour minister, Myriam El Khomri, launched reforms designed to rewrite the labour code.  France’s labour code is more than 3,500 pages long in its latest edition, plus vast amounts of supplementary case law.  This fact makes … Continue reading

16 June 2016 by
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The Coming Crisis: The migrant crisis and the future of the European project

Nicola Phillips

The economic, political and social consequences of failing to respond effectively to the migrant crisis risk accelerating European disintegration Digesting the relentless news stories about the devastating numbers of lives lost in the Mediterranean, the living conditions endured by the human beings seeking passage into and across Europe, and the increasingly incoherent political responses of European leaders, there can be … Continue reading

8 June 2016 by
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Authoritarian but Flexible: Turkey and recent labour market reforms

Mehmet

The AKP’s reforms to ‘flexibilise’ the labour market will weaken workers’ rights and further consolidate authoritarian neoliberalism in Turkey In the last few years, ‘authoritarianism’ has been used widely by mainstream academic circles, Western media and international civil society organisations to define the character of the political regime under the AKP (Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi or the Justice and Development … Continue reading

7 June 2016 by
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UK regions, the European Union and manufacturing exports

Craig Berry

New analysis of the trade in goods between the UK’s regions and the EU sheds new light on the potential regional implications of Brexit It is too simplistic to claim that the UK has a single relationship with the EU. Yet the regional dimension of UK/EU relations has received relatively little attention in the public debate around the implications of … Continue reading

26 May 2016 by
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The Coming Crisis: planetary instability

Peter Dauvergne

To solve the escalating environmental crisis the unsustainability of global wealth creation must be confronted, argues Peter Dauvergne in our new ‘coming crisis’ blog. Last year was the hottest ever recorded. And for the first time average global temperatures reached 1°C above pre-industrial times. This was but one sign in 2015 of an escalating global environmental crisis. Rivers of plastic … Continue reading

27 April 2016 by
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The European Union into the maelström

Grexit, Brexit and the migrant crisis are putting the future of the European Union under significant and sustained pressure Following the financial crisis of 2007-2008 the European Union (EU) is facing a situation that can easily be characterised as a maelström. The efforts and sacrifices incurred by European nation states in the last few decades in their attempt to converge … Continue reading

26 April 2016 by
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It’s not about tax evasion or avoidance, it’s about inequality

Focusing on politicians’ tax affairs misses the real point: the Panama Papers expose deep structural inequalities and their consequences The recent political stramash over the Mossack Fonseca revelations has involved endless media interviews, commentaries and expert pronouncements about whether David Cameron’s family had engaged in and benefited from sensible tax efficient investment strategies or from dubious tax evasion. This is … Continue reading

19 April 2016 by
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The Coming Crisis: enduring imbalances in the Eurozone

Scott Lavery

In the third blog in SPERI’s new series on ‘the coming crisis’ Scott Lavery examines three areas of imbalance in the Eurozone and argues that the single currency area remains vulnerable to a future economic downturn Jean Monnet – one of the architects of the European integration process – once opined that “Europe will be forged in crises, and will … Continue reading

13 April 2016 by
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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
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The Coming Crisis: the gathering storm

Colin Hay

In the first of a new series of weekly SPERI blogs on ‘the coming crisis’ Colin Hay sets out the background to the series and outlines the themes it will explore That economists tend to optimism whilst political economists tend to pessimism is something of a truism, albeit one that often goes unacknowledged. The reason for this bifurcation in psycho-analytic … Continue reading

30 March 2016 by
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How does low access to finance affect innovation?

A major new study highlights the barriers to innovation that face firms from across Europe There is ample evidence in the economics literature that achieving sustained long-term productivity and economic growth is intrinsically linked to investment in research and development (R&D) and innovation activity (i.e. through the introduction of new or significantly improved goods and services). However, due to the … Continue reading

24 March 2016 by
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Key questions for the coming EU referendum

Simon Bulmer

We now have a date but there are plenty of big questions and unknown steps between now and 23rd June This was the tweet from European Council President Donald Tusk late in the evening of 19th February 2016 that indicated the marathon European Council session had found a deal on David Cameron’s renegotiation demands. It was followed the next day by … Continue reading

23 February 2016 by
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What would Cassandra say?

Colin Hay

Prediction in politics and political economy is perilous, but has value in warning of outcomes that could still be avoided by political agency Prediction is a dark art – a terrain onto which political scientists and, perhaps even more so, political economists should venture only ever rarely, if at all. For, if there is one thing that all political scientists … Continue reading

21 January 2016 by
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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
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The new view from The Bridge

Re-bordering is emerging in Scandinavia in one of the most symbolically borderless regions in Europe The completion of the Öresund Bridge in 2000 – immortalised in the well-known TV drama – changed both the physical and economic landscape of Denmark and Southern Sweden. The new train service brought the transit time between the two cities of Copenhagen and Malmö to … Continue reading

19 January 2016 by
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