Publications

As well as the political economy blog SPERI Comment,  SPERI publishes its research in a number of forms:

Listed below are our three latest publications:

No. 9: Oil: The Missing Story of the West’s Economic and Geopolitical Crises by Helen Thompson

This Brief explores the changing political economy of oil and the place that oil now occupies in the economic and political predicaments that confront the West. All but one of the recessions in the US since the Second World war were preceded by a sharp rise in the price of oil. The author argues that without understanding the changing political economy of oil, we cannot understand the present economic and geopolitical landscape.

SPERI Paper No. 41: The Political Economy of Brexit and the UK’s National Business Model

The paper draws contributions from the organisers of a workshop series on Brexit funded by the White Rose Consortium, Scott Lavery (SPERI, Sheffield), Lucia Quaglia (York) and Charlie Dannreuther (Leeds) as well as contributions from Gabriel Siles-Brugge (Warwick), Nicole Lindstrom (York), Ben Rosamond (Copenhagen), Scott James (KCL) and Jonathan Perraton (Sheffield). Written in the period between the June 2016 vote and the March 2017 Article 50 ‘trigger’, the paper offers an overview of the political economy of Brexit across a number of policy areas, including finance, trade, investment, the labour market, regional development and EU integration.

SPERI Brief No. 27: The long-term impact of the state pension ‘triple lock’ by Craig Berry

This Brief explores the merit of the criticism the triple lock attracts by considering the policy’s long-term impact on state pension outcomes; in short, the triple lock is assessed as a pensions policy, not simply a pensioner policy. The analysis places the triple lock within the context of the wider operation of the UK state pension system for different age groups, after comparing the UK state pension system with those of other developed countries. The analysis finds that concerns about the state pension triple lock being too expensive, or unfair on younger generations, are misplaced.