Position: Deputy Director
Telephone: +44 (0)114 222 8348
Areas of interest and expertise: Political Economy, Economic Policy, Growth, Investment, Pensions, Finance, Employment, Industrial Policy, Northern England, Regional Economic Development.
Craig’s current research for SPERI has two major strands. Firstly, he is exploring the political economy of Northern England, focusing on the North’s location within global value chains, and the political processes that underpin Northern economic development. His research explicitly seeks to locate the North within wider patterns of development in the European and global economies, and as such studies Northern England in comparative perspective. Craig is also, secondly, researching the transformation of UK pensions provision, building upon his policy background and enduring interest in pensions, population ageing and intergenerational relations. Craig also retains a longstanding interest in the progressive centre-left in the UK. His research for SPERI to date has focused on the development of an alternative model for economic growth in Britain, following the apparent failure of the Anglo-liberal growth strategy which emerged during the 1980s, and in particular the nature and meaning of ‘austerity’ and ‘rebalancing’.
Craig completed his PhD at the University of Sheffield in 2009; his doctoral research considered the influence of ideas about globalisation in the making of UK trade policy. He has substantial experience in public policy, having joined SPERI following policy roles at the Trades Union Congress, HM Treasury and the International Longevity Centre-UK (where he remains an Associate Fellow). He has given evidence to Parliament on numerous occasions, and been part of several government advisory bodies. Craig occasionally delivers lectures for undergraduate and postgraduate students in the University’s Department of Politics, and has previously taught at the University of Warwick and University of Manchester. In 2007 he was a visiting fellow at the University of Sussex.
Selected academic publications:
The Political Economy of the Northern Powerhouse, Palgrave, forthcoming [co-edited with Arianna Giovannini].
‘D is for dangerous: devolution and the ongoing decline of manufacturing in
Northern England’, in C. Berry & A. Giovannini (eds) The Political Economy of the Northern Powerhouse, Palgrave (forthcoming).
‘Towards a political economy of depoliticisation strategies: Help to Buy, the Office for Budget Responsibility and the UK growth model’, in M. Flinders, C. Hay, P. Fawcett & M. Wood (eds) Anti-politics, Depoliticisation and Governance, Oxford University Press (forthcoming) [with Scott Lavery].
‘Industrial policy change in the post-crisis British economy: policy innovation in an incomplete institutional and ideational environment’, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, advance online publication (open access). Available here.
Austerity Politics and UK Economic Policy, Palgrave, 2016.
‘The Resurrected Right and Disoriented Left’, SPERI Paper # 27, 2016. Available here.
‘The Great British ‘rebalancing’ act: the construction and implementation of an economic imperative for exceptional times’, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 18(1), 2015, pp 3-25 [with C. Hay].
‘Citizenship in a financialised society: financial inclusion and the state before and after the crash’, Policy and Politics 43(4), 2015, pp 509-525.
‘Austerity, ageing and the financialisation of pensions policy in the UK’, British Politics, 11(1), 2016, pp 2-25.
‘Quantity over quality: a political economy of active labour market policy in the UK’, Policy Studies, 35(6), 2014, pp592-610.
‘The final nail in the coffin: crisis, manufacturing decline, and why it matters’, in J. Green & C. Hay (eds) The British Growth Crisis, Palgrave, pp 174-197, 2015.
‘Young people and the ageing electorate: breaking the unwritten rule of representative democracy’, Parliamentary Affairs, 2014, 67(3), pp 708-725. DOI: 10.1093/pa/gss056‘Better the devil: a response to Gus O’Donnell’s “Better government”’, The Political Quarterly, 2014, 85(1), pp 11-16 [with R. Berry]. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-923X.2014.12057.x
‘The hyper-Anglicisation of active labour market policy: facilitating and exemplifying a flawed growth model’, SPERI Paper #14, 2014. Available here.
‘Are we there yet? Growth, rebalancing and the pseudo-recovery’, SPERI Paper #7, 2013. Available here.
‘Ideology and the intellectuals’ in M. Freeden, L.T. Sargent and M. Stears (eds) The Oxford Handbook of Political Ideologies, Oxford University Press, 2013, pp 251-270 [with M. Kenny].
Globalisation and Ideology in Britain: Neoliberalism, Free Trade and the Global Economy, Manchester University Press, 2011. More information here.
‘Transnational political action and “global civil society” in practice: the case of Oxfam’, Global Networks, 2009, 9(3), pp 339-358 [with C. Gabay]. DOI: 10.1111/j.1471-0374.2009.00257.x
‘Andre Gorz: work, time and freedom in the post-industrial economy’, New Political Economy, 2008, 13(4), pp 463-474 [with M. Kenny]. DOI: 10.1080/13563460802436665
‘Labour’s lost youth: young people and the Labour Party’s youth sections’, The Political Quarterly, 2008, 79(3), pp 366-376. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-923X.2008.00939.x
Selected non-academic publications:
The Rising Tide of Gerontocracy, The Intergenerational Foundation, 2016 [with Tom Hunt].
Take the Long Road: Pension Fund Investments and Economic Stagnation, International Longevity Centre-UK, 2015.
Third Time Lucky: Building a Progressive Pensions Consensus, Trades Union Congress, 2013 [with Nigel Stanley].
Life Expectancy Inequalities and State Pension Outcomes, Trades Union Congress, 2013.
Long Term Care for the Elderly, Social Productivity and ‘the Big Society’: The Case of Dementia, RSA 2020 Public Services Hub, 2012 [with Sally-Marie Bamford].
The Rise of Gerontocracy: Addressing the Intergenerational Democratic Deficit, Intergenerational Foundation, 2012.
Financial Citizenship: Rethinking the State’s Role in Enabling Citizens to Save, Friends Provident Foundation/International Longevity Centre-UK, 2012 [with Valentina Serra].
Past Caring? Widening the Debate on Funding Long Term Care, International Longevity Centre-UK, 2012.
Nudge or Compel? Can Behavioural Economics Tackle the Digital Exclusion of Older People?, International Longevity Centre-UK, 2012 [with David Sinclair and Mark Mason].
Can Older Drivers Be Nudged? How the Public and Private Sectors Can Influence Older Drivers’ Self-Regulation, RAC Foundation, 2011.
Older Drivers and Behavioural Change, International Longevity Centre-UK, 2011.
Driving in Later Life: Options for Reform, International Longevity Centre-UK, 2011.
Gradual Retirement and Pensions Policy, International Longevity Centre-UK, 2011.
The Future of Retirement, International Longevity Centre-UK, 2010.