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Damned if we don’t, damned if we do: a sideways look at Ciaran Driver and Grahame Thompson’s Corporate Governance in Contention

Craig Berry

Arguments for shareholder primacy are deeply flawed, but that does not mean that companies in liberal market economies will readily deviate from this norm. For reformers, the question is what is feasible and which alternative is likely to work tolerably well… The advantage of implementing management-led stakeholding is that it can be initiated, if not completed with minimal structural changes … Continue reading

22 October 2018 by
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‘Global Britain’ equals Osbornomics squared

Craig Berry

The tussle over Brexit within the Conservative Party is actually a debate about the UK’s future place in the global capitalist order. Boris Johnson is merely taking remainer George Osborne’s vision to its logical conclusion, while in pinning her hopes on continental capitalism, Theresa May is arguably the real fantasist Since the resignation of Boris Johnson and David Davis, ostensibly … Continue reading

27 July 2018 by
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Localising pension fund investments: opportunities and challenges

Pension funds could play an important role in achieving a more balanced economy, but new investments should prioritise benefits for members above all else Regional economic imbalances – that is inequalities in the outcomes between different regions and localities in the UK – have long been a cause for concern for politicians and policy-makers. In response, pension funds, with their … Continue reading

9 July 2018 by
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Localising pension fund investments – new SPERI report published today

SPERI today publishes a new report by Dr Craig Berry (Reader at Manchester Metropolitan University) which explores the prospect of UK pension funds localising their investment strategies. The report ‘Localising pension fund investments; Engaging with stakeholders, overcoming the barriers’ is the culmination of a project, funded by the Barrow Cadbury Trust. Since the 2008 financial crisis, UK policy-makers have looked … Continue reading

28 June 2018 by
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Raising the Bar pamphlet featuring SPERI’s Craig Berry launched in parliament

On Monday night SPERI’s Craig Berry spoke at the launch of Raising the Bar: How Household Incomes Can Grow the Way They Used To, a new pamphlet published by the Fabian Society, in the Houses of Parliament. The pamphlet, available in full here, features Craig alongside Chi Onwurah MP (shadow industrial strategy minister), Anneliese Dodds MP (shadow Treasury minister), Rachel … Continue reading

18 April 2018 by
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From capitalism grounded to grounded capitalism – Part 2

Craig Berry

Even on the left, post-crisis regional economic policy in Britain has been underpinned by pre-crisis intellectual paradigms. This post argues that a ‘grounded capitalism’ approach can transform the British growth model while alleviating regional inequalities Part 1 of this essay outlined the scale of the challenge: the long-rooted nature of geographical unevenness in Britain, intertwined with broader capitalist development. Yet … Continue reading

18 April 2018 by
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From capitalism grounded to grounded capitalism – Part 1

Craig Berry

We can partly situate the grounding of Britain’s pre-crisis growth model in its geographical unevenness – but the left must also situate its response to regional inequalities in a new understanding of capitalism’s spatiality The North-South divide, albeit loosely defined, has long been part of the British pathos. The country’s political elite has, ostensibly, often sought to address the very … Continue reading

17 April 2018 by
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The rationale for local authority pension fund investment decisions | New SPERI report

A new report published today by SPERI assesses the rationale behind the strategic asset allocation of the UK’s largest local authority pension funds since the 2007/2008 financial crisis. The analysis in this new SPERI British Political Economy Brief by Craig Berry and Adam Barber builds directly upon that of our previous Brief, Local Authority Pension Fund Investment Since the Financial Crisis, … Continue reading

13 April 2018 by
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Craig Berry wins prestigious British Academy rising star award

SPERI is delighted to announce that our deputy director Craig Berry has won a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award. These awards are made to distinguished early career academics to enable engagement in career development through interdisciplinary projects. Craig’s award builds upon his research on UK industrial strategy, and work on the Industrial Strategy Commission (which was nominated last week … Continue reading

26 March 2018 by
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SPERI’s Industrial Strategy Commission nominated for major award

We are delighted to report that the Industrial Strategy Commission, featuring SPERI’s deputy director Dr Craig Berry and associate fellow Professor Richard Jones, has been nominated for a prestigious Guardian University Award. SPERI established the Industrial Strategy Commission in partnership with policy@manchester (University of Manchester) in early 2017. Craig and Richard were joined by Professor Diane Coyle and Professor Andrew … Continue reading

22 March 2018 by
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Conform or confront? Will young people turn to trade unions to address precariousness?

Our new research published today considers the perspectives of today’s young people on trade unionism – and how unions can respond The structural reasons for declining trade union membership rates among the young have been widely documented. In a nutshell, the young are increasingly concentrated in lower-value service industries which have traditionally been under-unionised. Indeed, relatively novel employment practices within these … Continue reading

13 February 2018 by
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Young people and the normalisation of economic crisis in the UK

Our new research considers the perspectives of today’s young people on the economy, crisis and labour market change – and how they view the prospect of transforming their circumstances through politics It is now widely accepted that young people are among the groups that have been most effected by the financial crisis and its aftermath. Indeed, many of the alarming … Continue reading

8 January 2018 by
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Young workers’ perspectives on the economy, crisis, the labour market and politics | New SPERI report published today

With its tenth anniversary approaching, the 2008 global financial crisis has had significant ramifications in the UK that are still being felt today. One of the groups that has been most affected are young people, in part because they will live with the aftermath of the crisis for longest, and in part because of the crisis’ specific impact on their … Continue reading

8 January 2018 by
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Craig Berry and Arianna Giovannini’s book on Northern economic development

SPERI is delighted to report that Developing England’s North: The Political Economy of the Northern Powerhouse, edited by our deputy director Craig Berry and honorary research fellow (and senior lecturer at De Montfort University) Arianna Giovannini, has been published by Palgrave. This collection explores the politics of local economic development in Northern England. It starts from the premise that socio-economic … Continue reading

4 December 2017 by
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SPERI Industrial Strategy Commissioners react to government white paper

The government’s white paper on Industrial Strategy was published today (27 November 2017). Earlier this month the Industrial Strategy Commission, an independent joint initiative by Policy@Manchester at The University of Manchester and SPERI published its Final Report. Dr Craig Berry, Deputy Director of SPERI, and Professor Richard Jones, SPERI Associate Fellow and Professor of Physics, served as members of the Commission and … Continue reading

27 November 2017 by
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New SPERI-IPPR literature reviews published

The Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) and the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) have today published a series of literature reviews, compiled to inform IPPR’s Commission on Economic Justice. The reviews have been authored by SPERI research assistant Sean McDaniel and deputy director Craig Berry. The three published today focus on: Work, labour markets and welfare The company … Continue reading

6 November 2017 by
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How should progressives respond to the anti-competitive tendencies of the platform economy?

Firms such as Google and Uber – and their control of our data – may pose a threat to the UK’s competition regime. How policy-makers respond to this will help to define the platform economy Generally speaking, the UK’s competition regime is highly regarded. The establishment of competition policy – generally in the 1990s – is typically seen as constitutive … Continue reading

6 November 2017 by
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Industrial strategy: here come the British

Craig Berry

The final report of the Industrial Strategy Commission outlines a bold vision for strategic economic management in the UK, including institutional reforms at the centre. Can we expect the same radicalism from the May government? A nation awaits. After decades of economic inaction, the UK stands on the verge of adopting a comprehensive industrial strategy, long after the international consensus … Continue reading

1 November 2017 by
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The UK needs an ambitious industrial strategy | The Final Report of The Industrial Strategy Commission published today

The UK’s people, places and businesses will only achieve their potential if there is a complete overhaul of how the government views industrial strategy. This is a key message of the Final Report of the Industrial Strategy Commission which has been published today. The Commission, a joint inquiry by SPERI and Policy@Manchester, was established to help to shape the development of … Continue reading

1 November 2017 by
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SPERI 2018 Conference: 2nd Call for Proposals

Political Economy Ten Years After the Crisis Halifax Hall, University of Sheffield 2-4 July 2018 The SPERI Conference is becoming increasingly recognised as a key forum for debating major contemporary issues in political economy in new and challenging ways. It takes place in Halifax Hall in a leafy part of Sheffield and always attracts a range of leading scholars, doctoral … Continue reading

26 October 2017 by
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