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Diverging Capitalisms workshop 4: Inequality, Growth and Social Democratic futures in a dividing Europe

On Wednesday 11 October, many of the SPERI team gathered in Brussels to participate in a one-day workshop entitled ‘Inequality, Growth and Social Democratic futures in a dividing Europe’. They were joined by an esteemed assortment of policy-makers, political advisers, think tank colleagues and fellow scholars. The workshop, organised jointly by SPERI, Policy Network and the Foundation for European Progressive … Continue reading

13 October 2017 by
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Forthcoming workshop – Diverging Capitalisms: Inequality, Growth and Social Democratic futures in a dividing Europe

On Wednesday 11 October, the final workshop in the Diverging Capitalisms project – a SPERI collaboration with the Foundation of European Progressive Studies and Policy Network – will take place in Brussels. Scholars and policy practitioners will congregate to debate the future of social democracy in the context of a fragmenting Europe, rising inequality and the evolving foundations of European … Continue reading

29 September 2017 by
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Researching uncertainty & Revisiting the developmental state – new SPERI Comment blog series launched

This week we are launching two new SPERI Comment blog series. Revisiting the developmental state The first series, co-ordinated by Matt Bishop and Tony Payne, will explore the developmental state, a concept that first emerged in political economy debates in the early 1980s. In their introductory blog, Matt and Tony argue that it is time for fresh thinking about developmental … Continue reading

27 September 2017 by
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‘For the many not the few’: SPERI annual lecture to be delivered by Stephanie Flanders

Leading economics journalist Stephanie Flanders will deliver the 2017 SPERI Annual Lecture at the University of Sheffield tomorrow (Tuesday 26 September 2017). Her talk, ‘For the many not the few’: do we know how to deliver inclusive growth?,’ will be delivered to a sold-out audience in Firth Hall. The lecture will also be streamed live on Facebook from 6pm at: https://www.facebook.com/theuniversityofsheffield/videos/10155511741250259/ The prestigious … Continue reading

25 September 2017 by
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Devolution and austerity are intertwined in Sheffield City Region

A new conversation about devolution that acknowledges the impact of austerity on city regions is urgently needed In October 2015, leaders in the Sheffield City Region signed an ‘in principle’ agreement with George Osborne (then Chancellor) for a £900M devolution agreement. At this time, Sheffield was second only to Manchester, with ‘Devo-Manc’ being the trailblazer of the Northern Powerhouse initiative … Continue reading

8 August 2017 by
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Same as it ever was? Labour rights and worker organisation in the modern economy

SPERI and openDemocracy launch new series of articles on labour and work in the 21st century economy The ‘gig economy’.  Platform-working.  On-demand apps and algorithmic monitoring.  Outside of some policy, technology and academic circles these terms will draw blank looks from most people.  Yet ask people if they have heard of Uber, Deliveroo or TaskRabbit and the recognition will be … Continue reading

6 April 2017 by
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4 May: ‘Generation Right’: watch the film and discuss Margaret Thatcher’s legacy

A rare screening of the 2015 documentary, ‘Generation Right’, will take place on Thursday 4 May at 18.00 in the Diamond at the University of Sheffield. It will then be followed by a panel discussion of the issues raised in the film involving a number of eminent speakers. ‘Generation Right’ shows how the UK has been profoundly changed by Margaret … Continue reading

28 March 2017 by
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2016 SPERI Review

Our December update is looking back over an eventful 2016 and the whole SPERI team would like to take this opportunity to thank you once again for your support. In an uncertain world where essential values are jeopardised by increasing inequality, SPERI’s work on a new political economy seems to us to be more important than ever. This year we have … Continue reading

23 December 2016 by
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Reforming the Treasury – SPERI hosts review evidence session with Lord Kerslake

Yesterday SPERI hosted an event with Lord Kerslake, former Head of the Civil Service, as part of the independent review he is currently conducting in to the role, responsibilities and operating mandate of the Treasury. This was the first event as part of the review to take place outside of London and provided a useful opportunity for members of the … Continue reading

18 May 2016 by
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24 February: Workshop in Wellbeing in Politics and Policy led by SPERI Associate Fellow Ian Bache

Next week Ian Bache, Professor of Politics at the University of Sheffield and Associate Fellow at SPERI, will present a new paper on the ‘Politics and Policy of Wellbeing: Understanding the Rise and Significance of a New Agenda’ at a workshop organised by the Centre for Wellbeing in Public Policy (CWiPP) and the Governance and Participation Research Group at the … Continue reading

15 February 2016 by
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New SPERI Paper: ‘Building a Growth Strategy on a New Social Settlement’

SPERI is pleased to publish this week a new paper by Professor David Coates which prescribes a fundamental makeover of centre-left politics in the UK. The paper argues that the redesign needed is one both of method and of content. Centre-left politics will not revive again until progressive political parties build a programme that addresses the totality of the structural forces shaping … Continue reading

6 October 2015 by
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New SPERI Brief: Public infrastructure investment & business activity in the English regions

SPERI’s latest brief examines public spending on infrastructure investment in England and assesses its relationship with private sector business activity on a regional basis. Infrastructure investment forms a key part of the Government’s ‘long term economic plan’ and the Treasury’s recent Productivity Plan identified it as a key component for raising productivity. The Brief analyses the Government’s National Infrastructure Pipeline … Continue reading

1 September 2015 by
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SPERI research looks at the ‘heat or eat’ dilemma and challenges facing rural communities

In an era of austerity the dilemma many people on low incomes face about whether to ‘heat or eat’ has received a lot of attention. But, there has been little evidence to assess this phenomena. Now a new research project – ‘Heat or Eat: Food and Austerity in Rural England’ – jointly led by Dr Hannah Lambie-Mumford, a Faculty Research … Continue reading

25 August 2015 by
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New SPERI Brief: Inequality and class prejudice in an age of austerity

A new SPERI brief published today shows that welfare reform reinforces growing class prejudice reminiscent of Victorian era. It presents research by Professor Gill Valentine which shows that British society is becoming increasingly intolerant of unemployed people and other disadvantaged groups, with a growing sense that unemployment is caused by individuals’ personal failings, rather than by structural problems in the economy. … Continue reading

29 October 2014 by
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Martin Craig joins the SPERI research team

We are very pleased to announce that Martin Craig will join the SPERI team on Monday as a research associate to begin work on a programme of research addressing the issues of economic growth and environmental crisis. His approach to the topic is to critically interrogate our understandings of what constitutes ‘economic success’ and ‘good economic development’ in the context of … Continue reading

3 October 2014 by
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SPERI research project on Greece, Spain and Turkey: ‘In’ and ‘Out’ of the ‘Eurocrisis’

SPERI Director, Professor Tony Payne, spent three days in Thessaloniki last week leading the mid-term meeting of a new SPERI research project that is examining the contrasting political economies of Greece, Spain and Turkey ‘in’ and ‘out’ of the ‘Eurocrisis’ of the last few years. He was accompanied by Dr Owen Parker, Lecturer in Politics at the University of Sheffield. … Continue reading

16 September 2014 by
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Two contrasting views on the Scottish Referendum from SPERI

The campaign on the  Scottish Referendum has increased in intensity on both sides. For the first time the ‘yes’ has overtaken the ‘no’ in the polls. In an interview for BBC Warwick/Conventry on Tuesday 9 September Scott Lavery explains some of the reasons behind the shift of support towards the ‘yes’ campaign. You can listen to him here one hour … Continue reading

11 September 2014 by
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Hannah Lambie-Mumford to be based in Speri from September 1st

We are very pleased that Hannah Lambie-Mumford is joining us to be based in SPERI from next Monday. Hannah is a Faculty of Social Sciences Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield. Her research focuses on food poverty, the rise of emergency food provision and the right to food. Hannah has previously worked at the universities of Warwick and Coventry and … Continue reading

26 August 2014 by
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Videos of the plenary session on China now online

The videos are now online from our plenary session on ‘China in the New Political Economy’ which took place at the SPERI 2014 Annual Conference in July at Halifax Hall. The titles link to the pdf version of the talk. Professor Wang Yong (University of Peking): China and Global Economic Rebalancing: Perception, Policy and Implication to China’s Participation in Global Governance (PDF) … Continue reading

13 August 2014 by
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The Jury for The New Statesman SPERI Prize for Political Economy is Announced

The New Statesman and the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) at the University of Sheffield are delighted to announce the names of the members of the Jury which will choose the first winner of ‘The New Statesman SPERI Prize for Political Economy’. The Prize was announced last month and will be awarded biennially, starting in 2014, to the scholar … Continue reading

28 July 2014 by
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