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The Finance Curse research agenda: what we learned

Andrew Baker

A finance curse research agenda involves forensic dissection of financial dysfunction and pathology, helping to illuminate what needs to be put right Earlier this month scholars from seven countries and seven disciplines, representatives from four NGOs, journalists from the Financial Times and Le Monde, and a Bank of England official met in Sheffield to scrutinise and dissect the concept of … Continue reading

27 November 2017 by
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The Finance Curse: Building a new knowledge network

Andrew Baker

A workshop in Sheffield this week will examine the symptoms of a phenomenon known as the ‘finance curse’, establish a future research agenda and discuss potential responses This week, SPERI, with the Tax Justice Network and collaborators from Copenhagen Business School, will co-host a workshop on ‘the Finance Curse’. The idea that a ‘finance curse’ – a more complex version … Continue reading

14 November 2017 by
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The deep politics and (non) economics of the DUP

Andrew Baker

Fortuitous electoral circumstances have propelled the DUP onto a national stage, but understanding the party requires an appreciation of deeper structural patterns The 2017 general election result has cast Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) in the role of Westminster power brokers with a supply and confidence agreement between them and the Conservative Party on the horizon.  Many things have … Continue reading

16 June 2017 by
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Tax spillover, development and global governance

Andrew Baker

Our new tax spillover framework is intended to increase scrutiny of countries’ tax regimes and discourage ‘race to the bottom’ behaviours There is growing interest among a range of development non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in something called ‘tax spillover’ analysis.  In the last two months, co-author Richard Murphy and I, have engaged in discussions with Oxfam, Action Aid and Christian Aid, … Continue reading

5 June 2017 by
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Political Economy and the Paradoxes of Macroprudential Regulation | New SPERI Paper

We are pleased to publish a new SPERI Paper by Andrew Baker which takes a close look at macroprudential regulation by engaging with its constituent concepts and how they interrelate to one another. Andrew Baker argues that the emerging political economy of macroprudential regulation revolves around five paradoxes. The first three of these are paradoxes that characterise the financial system and are … Continue reading

22 March 2017 by
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Putting tax at the heart of the inclusive growth debate | New SPERI-APPG report and event on tax

Are we locked into a global race to the bottom on tax? What does this mean for inclusive growth? These were just two of the questions discussed at SPERI’s latest event in Parliament with the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Inclusive Growth. The event, which took place on 14 March and was co- organised by the APPG, SPERI and Oxfam, was … Continue reading

16 March 2017 by
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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
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New SPERI-APPG event in Parliament | Corporation tax: a global race to the bottom?

Are we locked into a global ‘race to the bottom’ on tax? And what does this mean for inclusive growth? Concerns are growing that corporate tax cuts in the developed world are triggering a race to the bottom on corporation tax cuts in the developing world – and the issue is quickly rising up the political agenda. On Tuesday 14 … Continue reading

6 March 2017 by
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Macroeconomic governance since the financial crash

Andrew Baker

Acknowledging the redundancy of silo governance will be a vital first step in creating the new macroeconomic institutional arrangements we need The most distinguishing feature of the macroeconomic governance frameworks that emerged throughout the world in the 1990s was the creation of a number of narrowly focused institutional silos (fiscal, monetary and financial regulation). In the aftermath of the financial … Continue reading

17 November 2016 by
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Andrew Baker joins SPERI and the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield

SPERI is delighted to announce the addition to its staff as of today of Dr Andrew Baker, formerly reader in Political Economy at Queen’s University of Belfast. Andrew was already an Honorary Research Fellow of SPERI but has now been appointed Faculty Professorial Fellow in SPERI and the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield. His interests include the … Continue reading

1 September 2016 by
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What is money for?

To meet collective societal challenges, and to respond to future recessions, a different way of thinking about money is required One particular exchange from the inaugural SPERI conference in 2012 has always stuck in my mind. After Colin Hay’s opening address, Bob Jessop asked him, ‘what is your theory of money?’ At the time I thought this was distractingly abstract, … Continue reading

5 April 2016 by
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The political difficulties of ‘Corbynomics’

The problems are not really the economics at all, but much more the politics A month ago nobody had heard of ‘Corbynomics’.  Today Google records 174,000 search results.  It is becoming difficult to escape the term in any form of media.  If Jeremy Corbyn wins the Labour leadership election, its contents and claims will shape political debate in the UK … Continue reading

3 September 2015 by
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Richard Murphy radio interview following his recent SPERI Comment post with Andrew Baker

Richard Murphy (Tax Research UK) and Andrew Baker (SPERI Honorary Research Fellow and Reader in Political Economy at Queen’s University of Belfast) recently blogged for SPERI Comment about the planned cut in corporation tax in Northern Ireland. Following the two blogs Corporation tax in Northern Ireland: the policy debate and Corporation tax in Northern Ireland: the policy debate, Richard debated the issue passionately on … Continue reading

27 March 2013 by
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New appointments and BISA-ISA plenary roundtable.

We are delighted to welcome four Honorary Research Fellows in to the SPERI family. Dr Andrew Baker (Queen’s University Belfast)  Dr Ben Clift (University of Warwick), Dr Helen Thompson (Unversity of Cambridge) and Dr Cornelia Woll (Sciences Po) were appointed as Honorary Research Fellows on 1 August 2012. You will soon be able to view their full profiles on the SPERI website. We have also appointed … Continue reading

14 August 2012 by
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Video of Roundtable at PSA Conference 2012

SPERI Co-director Colin Hay recently attended the 62nd Political Studies Association Annual International Conference in Belfast. Here is a video of the British Journal of Political and International Relations Roundtable ‘The State of the UK Political Economy’. As well as Professor Colin Hay, the video also features Professor Andrew Gamble (Chair of the SPERI International Advisory Board),  Dr Andrew Baker … Continue reading

11 May 2012 by
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