speri.comment: the political economy blog

Journeys to democracy? Transport worker organisation in Africa

Tom Goodfellow

Urban informal transport acts as a barometer of political trajectories in Africa and exposes tensions between democracy and worker organisations For a window onto a country’s politics and political economy, look at how urban transport is organised. Britain’s embrace of Uber, and the beleaguered company’s exploitation of a legal loophole to allow its drivers to operate in places where they … Continue reading

27 March 2017 by
Categories: SPERI Comment | Tags: , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Remaking the case for a ‘developmental state’ in Britain

Tony Payne

Britain urgently needs a new national development strategy after the Brexit vote and must find the will to embrace a radically different model of the state Sometimes you just have to say it again, doubling down on what you think. In one of the first posts I wrote on this site in 2013, I proclaimed: ‘We are all developing countries … Continue reading

23 March 2017 by
Categories: Inclusive Growth, SPERI Comment | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The political economy of the White Paper on The Future of Europe: Part Two

Owen Parker

The Commission’s White Paper understates both the depth of the crisis associated with the EU status quo and what needs to be done about it In Part One of this blog I offered an overview of the European Commission’s recent White Paper (WP) on The Future of Europe (at 27) and highlighted some of the political debate and division it … Continue reading

22 March 2017 by
Categories: SPERI Comment | Tags: , , , , , | Leave a comment

The political economy of the White Paper on the Future of Europe: Part One

Owen Parker

The Commission’s new White Paper offers some interesting post-Brexit scenarios for ‘the future of Europe’, but realising any of these will be difficult in a context of political divisions among the remaining 27 states At the beginning of March the European Commission published a White Paper (WP) on The Future of Europe at 27 (i.e. the current EU-28 minus the … Continue reading

21 March 2017 by
Categories: SPERI Comment | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The problems with measuring tax systems

Nicholas Shaxson

In debates about tax policy we need to de-emphasise the role of economics and measurement and rekindle the politics In the past few years there have been several efforts to understand and even measure ‘spillovers’ – that is, how one state’s tax or legal system can transmit damage to other states’ tax or legal systems.  Perhaps the best known of … Continue reading

16 March 2017 by
Categories: Inclusive Growth, SPERI Comment | Tags: , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Re-framing tax spillover

Interest in ‘tax spillover’ is growing but there is a need to reframe existing analysis. Our new framework would give a fuller reading of international and domestic tax vulnerabilities Tax continues to fascinate the media, politicians and international political economists.  In that approximate order there is also an increasing demand for data to support action on what many think to … Continue reading

14 March 2017 by
Categories: SPERI Comment | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Lost in Dicey: judges, Brexit and the constitution

Mick Moran

The Supreme Court’s Article 50 judgement was based on a constitutional fallacy that puts the stability of the United Kingdom at risk On 24 January this year the United Kingdom  Supreme Court dismissed the appeal of the UK government against the  decision of the English and Welsh Divisional Court (colloquially the Court of Appeal) over the legal conditions under which … Continue reading

13 March 2017 by
Categories: SPERI Comment | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Italian Constitutional Referendum: the fears behind the No vote

The varied generational impact of Italy’s enduring economic crisis was a central factor behind the No vote The result of the Constitutional referendum held on 4 December 2016 in Italy was a watershed moment in Italian politics, and in the leadership path of Matteo Renzi.  Despite the efforts of the former Prime Minister, only 40% of the electorate supported the … Continue reading

9 March 2017 by
Categories: SPERI Comment | Tags: , , , , , | Leave a comment

The (distorted) issue of inequality

Stephen Buzdugan

The populist right’s focus on race and immigration claims to be about fairness and inequality, but actually distracts from the more acute matter of the concentration of wealth and income at the very top As many have already pointed out, the vote for ‘Brexit’ and the election of Donald Trump are linked by their association with the apparent triumph of … Continue reading

8 March 2017 by
Categories: Inclusive Growth, SPERI Comment | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What the Lin-Zhang debate tells us about Chinese economic power

Ahmad-Risky-Umar

The debates about the role of the state in economic development between two Chinese economists at Peking University should be followed closely In November 2016, The Economist published an interesting article about the debate between two leading economists at Peking University, Justin Yifu Lin and Weiying Zhang.  The two high-profile economists represent two ideological leanings and offer conflicting perspectives on … Continue reading

7 March 2017 by
Categories: SPERI Comment | Tags: , , , , , | Leave a comment

IPE’s strategic silence on capitalism and moral order

The study of how neoliberalism is remaking moral order in Africa reveals important insights for scholars of political economy To-date, political economy scholarship has only cautiously engaged with matters of moral economy in contemporary society.  This is strikingly different from the recent surge in respective scholarship and debates in anthropology and sociology.  The moral properties of capitalist economy at a … Continue reading

2 March 2017 by
Categories: SPERI Comment | Tags: , , , , , | Leave a comment

Donald Trump, Dodd-Frank and the politics of academic critique

As opposition mounts to post-crisis regulatory reforms, scholars should rethink their critical evaluation of the progress that has been made After his inauguration on 20 January 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump announced his intention to roll back key sections of the Dodd-Frank Consumer Protection Act signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2010. The markets were jubilant. As the … Continue reading

1 March 2017 by
Categories: SPERI Comment | Tags: , , , | Leave a comment

Inclusive growth at city-region level: a perspective from Greater Manchester

Ruth Lupton

Greater Manchester is an important test-bed for how inclusive growth can be put into practice at a local level The Inclusive Growth Analysis Unit (IGAU) was established in January 2016 by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) and The University of Manchester, as part of JRF’s work on cities, growth and poverty, and the University’s new Urban Institute and wider efforts … Continue reading

28 February 2017 by
Categories: Inclusive Growth, SPERI Comment | Tags: , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The American kids are alright

Rick Rowden

The significant public and political protests during the first month of the Trump presidency represent the backlash to the backlash In the US and around the world many have been shocked by the reactionary politics that swept Donald Trump into the White House. Trump’s overt hostility toward women and Mexican immigrants during his campaign was unprecedented, and his brazen executive … Continue reading

23 February 2017 by
Categories: SPERI Comment | Tags: , , , , , | Leave a comment

Social policy: a vital partner in any inclusive growth strategy

Hannah Lambie-Mumford

Social policy needs to be seen as a partner in, not just one part of inclusive growth People are at the centre of the economy. This is of course an obvious statement in practical terms but, in the age of austerity and rising inequality and in-work poverty, it is clearer than ever that the current political economic model over looks … Continue reading

22 February 2017 by
Categories: Inclusive Growth, SPERI Comment | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Inclusive growth: the challenge of our time

Colin Hay

A new growth model must be economically and morally sustainable – now, and for future generations “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others” (George Orwell, Animal Farm, 1945) In a context in which we have been told for so long that ‘we are all in it together’ to ask for inclusive growth might not seem … Continue reading

21 February 2017 by
Categories: Inclusive Growth, SPERI Comment | Tags: , , , , , , , | 1 comment

Forever young, but never young?

Craig Berry

Alan France’s ambitious account of young people’s experience of economic crisis across eight developed countries shows what it means to be young has been transformed There is a strong consensus among the social science community that young people are among the groups most affected by the 2008 global financial crisis, in part because they will live with the aftermath for … Continue reading

15 February 2017 by
Categories: SPERI Comment | Tags: , , , , , | 1 comment

Does Benoît Hamon represent a ‘New Left’ in French socialist politics?

Renee Buhr

Analysing the policy differences between Manuel Valls and Benoît Hamon show how the new Socialist presidential candidate is mapping a new direction for the French left In a previous blog for SPERI published in December, I argued that the right-wing candidates competing for the French Presidency represented a break from business as usual in French economic policy.  Francois Fillon’s apparent … Continue reading

13 February 2017 by
Categories: SPERI Comment | Tags: , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

In Cuba, the post-Fidel era began ten years ago

Ramon Centeno

Under Raúl Castro’s presidency Cuba’s centrally planned economy has significantly integrated market socialist features Ever since Fidel Castro died in November 2016, foreign observers – journalists, political tourists, and the like – have flocked to the streets of Havana.  Let’s go and see communist Cuba before it is too late! they reason. What this reaction misses is that Cuba has already changed: … Continue reading

8 February 2017 by
Categories: SPERI Comment | Tags: , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Rising powers to the rescue? The future of the liberal economic international order

Richard Woodward

Those touting China and other rising powers as saviours of the liberal economic international order are likely to be disappointed Donald Trump’s election as President of the United States has sponsored a series of obituaries for the liberal economic international order the US has championed since the 1940s.  In truth the retreat of the liberal international order predates Trump’s arrival … Continue reading

7 February 2017 by
Categories: SPERI Comment | Leave a comment

← Older posts