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Local authority pension fund investment since the financial crisis | New SPERI report

A new report published today by SPERI presents evidence and analysis on asset allocations by local authority pension funds in the UK. In this new SPERI British Political Economy Brief, Craig Berry and Adam Barber chart the changes in investment patterns by local authority pension funds since the 2007/08 financial crisis, and the extent of moves towards ‘alternative’ investments such … Continue reading

12 December 2017 by
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New SPERI paper on the abolition of Britain’s capital controls

We are pleased to publish a new SPERI Paper by Jack Copley on the role of competition and ideas in Britain’s abolition of capital controls which took place between 1977-9. In his paper Jack seek to challenge this conventional wisdom regarding the role of competition and ideas in capital control liberalisation through a close historical examination of Britain’s abolition of … Continue reading

7 December 2017 by
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New book by Valbona Muzaka published in SPERI Palgrave series

We are delighted to announce the publication of a further volume in the SPERI series ‘Building a Sustainable Political Economy: SPERI Research and Policy’ published by Palgrave Macmillan. The author is Valbona Muzaka, Honorary Research Fellow of SPERI and Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy at King’s College, London. The book is entitled: Food, Health and the Knowledge Economy: The … Continue reading

28 November 2017 by
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SPERI hosts Finance Curse Workshop with the Tax Justice Network and Copenhagen Business School

On Thursday 16-17 November SPERI will host a workshop at Halifax Hall, Sheffield, on the phenomenon and concept of the ‘finance curse’. The workshop has been organised in collaboration with the Tax Justice Network (TJN), the leading global tax campaign organisation, and the ENLIGHTEN Horizon 2020 programme at the Copenhagen Business School. The workshop has been organised by Andrew Baker (SPERI, … Continue reading

10 November 2017 by
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New SPERI-IPPR literature reviews published

The Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) and the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) have today published a series of literature reviews, compiled to inform IPPR’s Commission on Economic Justice. The reviews have been authored by SPERI research assistant Sean McDaniel and deputy director Craig Berry. The three published today focus on: Work, labour markets and welfare The company … Continue reading

6 November 2017 by
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How can the new industrial strategy benefit the North of England? | SPERI public event

The Government will soon publish its new industrial strategy, but will it benefit people, places and industries in the North? This is a key question that the Industrial Strategy Commission, a new inquiry jointly run by SPERI, set out to answer. On November 1st the Commission will publish its Final Report. Join us a week later on Thursday November 9th … Continue reading

24 October 2017 by
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New book published in SPERI book series

Colin Hay and Tony Payne, as joint editors of the SPERI book series with Palgrave Macmillan ‘Building a Sustainable Political Economy: SPERI Research and Policy‘, are delighted to announce the publication of a new book in the series. The book is authored by Malcolm Campbell-Verduyn and is entitled Professional Authority after the Global Financial Crisis: Defending Mammon in Anglo-America. Malcolm … Continue reading

20 October 2017 by
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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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