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Diverging Capitalisms workshop 4: Inequality, Growth and Social Democratic futures in a dividing Europe

On Wednesday 11 October, many of the SPERI team gathered in Brussels to participate in a one-day workshop entitled ‘Inequality, Growth and Social Democratic futures in a dividing Europe’. They were joined by an esteemed assortment of policy-makers, political advisers, think tank colleagues and fellow scholars. The workshop, organised jointly by SPERI, Policy Network and the Foundation for European Progressive … Continue reading

13 October 2017 by
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The strange still-birth of ‘Milimayism’

Tony Payne

Britain just can’t generate the politics with which to build the new reformist consensus its political economy so badly needs A key problem for Britain at the moment is that it can’t give birth to the politics that its political economy needs.  Marxists used to think this was impossible, believing that the sub-structure (political economy) would always determine the super-structure … Continue reading

11 September 2017 by
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The balancing act of Brexit and digital trade

As the UK leaves the EU it risks a potential ‘digital cliff-edge’. How it navigates its way through global tensions around digital trade rules will orientate the shape of the economy for years to come Recent weeks have seen the news of the government looking to rush through new data protection laws in the UK, trumpeted in the press as … Continue reading

29 August 2017 by
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Brexit risks harming African economies that trade with the UK

Peg Murray-Evans

The UK must pay urgent attention to the complexities of African trade in order to avoid Brexit having damaging effects In my last SPERI blog I outlined my concern that despite the UK government’s commitment to reinvigorating the Commonwealth, African countries would be sidelined in favour of larger and more important markets in the UK’s post-Brexit ‘Global Britain’ trade strategy. … Continue reading

27 July 2017 by
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Labour’s Titanic Brexit nightmare

Matthew Bishop

In even flirting with leaving the EU Single Market, the UK is heading full steam towards an iceberg of historic proportions, and this will destroy Labour if a change of course is not pursued We are plausibly living through the endgame of a neoliberalism that has drastically over-reached itself. The great value of Corbynism is its recognition of this essential … Continue reading

24 July 2017 by
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Learning from China’s success? Europe in the 21st century global economy

Europe can learn lessons from China’s development and should agree a new common approach on trade Following the election of President Trump on an ‘America First’ and anti-globalisation platform the debate about the future of international trade and international competition policy became a hot political issue. Some commentators had hoped that the issue might disappear from the front pages after … Continue reading

7 July 2017 by
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The proletariat problem: general election 2017 and the class politics of Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn

Craig Berry

The election continued the swing of working-class voters to the Conservative Party – but also the more important trend of working-class disengagement from politics. Can Labour respond without succumbing to populism? The general election was peculiar for a large number of reasons. One of those reasons, relatively overlooked to date, is that – amid some stunning victories in affluent areas … Continue reading

5 July 2017 by
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Between a rock and a hard place: Trade negotiations post-Brexit and post-election

Future negotiations about service trade liberalisation will present significant difficulties for the UK – whoever is in power One year after the United Kingdom (UK)’s Brexit referendum, divorce talks with the European Union (EU) have begun. On the first day of negotiations on 19 June, the British Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, David Davis, and the European … Continue reading

4 July 2017 by
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Brexit blues: the election, austerity and leaving the EU

Andrew Gamble

The election will have profound consequences for Brexit, in a transformed political climate where the initiative has been handed to Labour What a difference an election makes. Two months ago Theresa May reversed her previous insistence that there would be no early election and called one.  She was twenty points ahead in the polls, her approval rating was plus 10 … Continue reading

29 June 2017 by
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The EU a year after the UK referendum: new momentum and optimism?

Simon Bulmer

With the EU issue in the UK far from settled, reports of the demise of the EU and the Eurozone have been greatly exaggerated It is now exactly 12 months since the British people voted to leave the European Union and this week Brexit negotiations finally started.  While Theresa May’s minority government seeks to sort out its negotiating strategy on … Continue reading

23 June 2017 by
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The split in neoliberalism on Brexit and the EU

Protectionist or pragmatic? Leave or Remain? A year ago neoliberals were divided on Brexit but now they are united The European Union (EU) has often been accused of being a neoliberal hegemon, imposing its will upon struggling peripheral economies such as Greece and Spain.  The EU’s supposed disposition towards neoliberalism was often used in the case made by supporters of … Continue reading

22 June 2017 by
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General election 2017 and the incompleteness of industrial strategy

Craig Berry

Industrial strategy is the Achilles heel of British economic statecraft, but the radical approaches promised by both the Conservatives and Labour fall short of a transformative agenda When Theresa May suggested that economic growth would be pursued much more inclusively under her premiership than under David Cameron and George Osborne, a renewed focus on industrial strategy was offered as a … Continue reading

21 June 2017 by
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Negotiating the impossible? Brexit after the election

Simon Bulmer

Multiple scenarios now exist for the imminent Brexit negotiations. An informed deliberation over the options must be the immediate way forward The June 2017 general election has proved to be a seismic event, like the EU referendum just under a year earlier.  Called by Prime Minister May in order to strengthen her negotiating hand in the Brexit negotiations, it has … Continue reading

14 June 2017 by
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Reassessing Corbynism: success, contradictions and a difficult path ahead

Corbyn’s success in building an alliance that extends from Greens to UKIP voters only postpones the moment of Labour’s reckoning with Brexit The trickle of mea culpas from the rapidly diminishing band of Corbyn-sceptics following the election result has now turned into a flood, and not without cause.  Once widely-held truisms – Corbynism is a ‘movement’ more clicktivist than canvasser, … Continue reading

13 June 2017 by
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Brexit, don’t forget how we got here

Jamie Morgan

Understanding Brexit requires us to consider the political economy of tax justice and the abuse of wealth protection At a time when a general election has dominated the press for the last two months and Brexit has been a shadow of anxiety – a most remarkable event that the political parties have been steadfastly refusing to remark upon in any … Continue reading

12 June 2017 by
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That was the Crisis that was: the 2017 election and the strange demise of the 2007-08 crisis

Chris Kirkland

Despite dominating UK politics for the last decade the crisis has been a notable absence from the 2017 general election campaign 2017 marks the tenth anniversary of the onset of the economic crisis. For the past decade and the last two UK general elections in 2015 and 2010 the issue of the economy has been the central focus of political … Continue reading

7 June 2017 by
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SPERI at the European Parliament

SPERI held the fourth of a workshop series on Brexit (funded by the White Rose Consortium) at the European Parliament in Brussels. The event, entitled ‘Regions, Cities and the EU after Brexit: Towards a ‘multi speed’ Europe?’, included leading academics and practitioners from the UK and the EU with notable contributions by Professor Jan Zielonka from the University of Oxford, … Continue reading

1 June 2017 by
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New SPERI Paper: The Political Economy of Brexit and the UK’s National Business Model

Today SPERI publishes a new research paper entitled ‘The Political Economy of Brexit and the UK’s National Business Model’. The paper draws together contributions from a series of workshops which ran throughout 2016 funded by the White Rose Consortium. The paper includes contributions from the three organisers of the workshop series, Scott Lavery (SPERI, Sheffield), Lucia Quaglia (York) and Charlie … Continue reading

30 May 2017 by
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Brexit and the environment panel discussion co-hosted by SPERI

On Friday 12th of May SPERI, together with the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures, hosted a panel discussion ‘Brexit and the Environment – Opportunity or a threat?’. The event was part of the Festival of Debate and was well-attended by the public. The panel consisted of Dr Apolline Roger (Lecturer in Environmental Law at the University of Sheffield), Kate Jennings … Continue reading

16 May 2017 by
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Brexit Britain and undemocracy: an epilogue

Craig Berry

Paradoxically, the snap election is a further nail in the coffin of actually-existing British democracy – and reinforces the role of Brexit in the revival of conservative statecraft Theresa May’s decision to call a snap election for June continues Britain’s descent towards ‘undemocracy’, a trend crystallised in the 2016 EU referendum.  While the notion of ‘post-democracy’ signals the marginalisation of … Continue reading

28 April 2017 by
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