Diverging Capitalisms, Part 1:
The City after the crisis

29 April 2016, London
Policy Network Offices, Westminster

A workshop organised by FEPS, Policy Network and SPERI.

This workshop is the first of a series of four events organised as part of the project ‘Diverging Capitalisms? Britain, the City of London and Europe’, which is a join venture between FEPS (Foundation for European Progressive Studies, Brussels), Policy Network, and SPERI (Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute, University of Sheffield). The aim of the project is to consider the changing nature of the British economy, its place within the European economic space and the consequences of a possible ‘Brexit’. The work undertaken will feed into a number of policy briefs, and in the publication of an edited book with Palgrave.

The purpose of this first workshop is to develop an informed discussion around the changing nature of the City of London after the crisis, and its changing relationship with both the UK economy and the EU/European economies. The discussion will also look at possible post-referendum scenarios. Two short, interactive sessions based on research contributions to the project will be followed by a policy-makers and commentators panel discussion.

Programme: (download PDF)

11.00-11.15    Welcome: Prof Colin Hay, SPERI and Renaud Thillaye, Policy Network

11.15-12:30    Session 1: The City’s heterogeneity, changes associated with the Global Financial Crisis, and risks associated with ‘Brexit’

Presentation: Dr Helen Thompson, University of Cambridge: ‘Competing political logics: the political intractability of London and the EU’ by 

Discussant: Thomas Aubrey, Policy Network
Chair: Craig Berry, SPERI

12:30-13:00 Lunch Break

13:00-14:15    Session 2 — The interaction between the City and the British and European ‘real’ economies & the opportunities and risks of the Commission’s Capital Market Union for the City

Presentation: Professor Simona Talani, King’s College London: ‘‘Pragmatic adaptation’ and the future of the City of London: between globalization and EU membership’

Discussant: Prof. Anastasia Nesvetailova, City University
Chair: Renaud Tillaye, Policy Network

14:15-15:45    Roundtable—The UK’s financial services industry after the referendum: in and out scenarios


Dan Corry, Chief Executive, NPC
Graham Bishop, Consultant on European Integration & financial affairs
Nicholas Dorn, Research Fellow, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
Ernst Stetter, Secretary General, FEPS

Chair: Professor Colin Hay, SPERI

15:45-16:55    Closing: Ernst Stetter, Secretary General, FEPS