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SPERI’s Deputy Director to speak alongside Dan Jarvis MP at Resolution Foundation event in Sheffield

As part of a new investigation into living standards in British cities, the Resolution Foundation (RF) is holding events across England this winter – in Manchester, Birmingham, Sheffield and Bristol – to explore the unique challenges faced in different areas, and how Metro Mayors can use their new powers to be the driving force behind a new era of inclusive … Continue reading

17 November 2016 by
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Manufacturing decline and Britain’s ‘radically redundant’ industrial policy

Craig Berry

Industrial policy is being rediscovered, again, but the incompleteness of the policy-making environment means it will fail to halt the ongoing decline of manufacturing Gordon Brown in 2008. David Cameron in 2010.  And now Theresa May in 2016. Since the financial crisis, Britain has had three prime ministers, and each one has promised a manufacturing renaissance based on a more … Continue reading

9 November 2016 by
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The battle for Labour: competing visions of representation

Maha Rafi Atal

Do parties exist to represent the views of members, or to organise and represent a diverse range of interests and views? Answering this question is key to Labour’s future. In his recent trilogy of blog posts on Corbynism, Craig Berry argues that the Corbyn movement is best understood as an uneasy alliance between two distinct groups: old leftists, who, after … Continue reading

27 October 2016 by
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UK manufacturing has entered a new phase of decline – new SPERI Brief

A new SPERI British Political Economy Brief ‘UK manufacturing decline since the crisis in historical perspective’, published today, argues that UK manufacturing has entered a new phase of decline. The new Brief, by SPERI Deputy Director Craig Berry, shows that: In the 5 years since 2011 the UK manufacturing sector has bucked historical trends and created new jobs. However, output growth … Continue reading

20 October 2016 by
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Corbynism, martyrdom and the other Labour split – Part III

Craig Berry

The future of the Labour Party depends on how the party’s centre and ‘soft left’ responds to the emerging divide between Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters The attempt to renew the British left via Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership has failed, largely because his supporters’ efforts to sanitise Corbyn’s destructive politics has failed.  Through a mixture of naivety, hubris, loyalty and fatigue, however, his … Continue reading

13 October 2016 by
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Brexit Britain and the political economy of undemocracy: Part I – the right

Craig Berry

The aftermath of economic crisis, followed by Brexit, has seen the dismantling of democratic norms in Britain. The right benefits, while the left stands by. Another Conservative Prime Minister, another Downing Street speech drenched in one nation mythology.  Many will doubt Theresa May’s sincerity when she talks about equality and inclusion, but to conclude that she is being duplicitous would … Continue reading

10 August 2016 by
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‘Austerity Politics and UK Economic Policy’ – new book by SPERI’s Deputy Director now available

A new book, Austerity Politics and UK Economic Policy, by SPERI Deputy Director Craig Berry has been published by Palgrave. The book assesses UK economic policy in the wake of the financial crisis through the lens of the austerity agenda, focusing on monetary policy, economic rebalancing, industrial and regional policy, the labour market, welfare reform and budgetary management. Berry argues … Continue reading

7 June 2016 by
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Budget 2016: ‘Chaos reigns’ says Deputy Director of SPERI

Craig Berry gives his reaction to the latest budget in an article for the Huffington Post which you can access here and in the video below. Craig also commented on the budget and the Northern Powerhouse for the University of Sheffield: The Northern Powerhouse featured heavily in today’s budget, yet the government has yet to introduce any measures that will … Continue reading

16 March 2016 by
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Growing the economy from the middle out

A new growth model must place individual livelihoods at the heart of our regional economic strategy In his new SPERI paper Craig Berry suggests it is crucial to make a connection ‘between the new order and individual livelihoods’.  This resonates with two recent reflections of my own, which have come from my work with a number of communities who are … Continue reading

10 February 2016 by
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Organising metaphors and austerity: what the left can learn

Progressives need to think differently about political narrative to shape the political agenda to their advantage Arguably one of the most memorable moments of last year in the UK featured a tearful, Conservative-voting mother on BBC1’s weekly debating programme Question Time explaining how cuts in tax credits would affect her ability to provide the basic requirements of food and shelter … Continue reading

9 February 2016 by
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‘The Resurrected Right and Disoriented Left’ – new SPERI paper by Craig Berry

More than seven years on from the financial crisis, a new sustainable British growth model has yet to emerge, whilst the Conservative Party have been successful in rebuilding the pre-crisis growth model which failed so spectacularly in 2008. In his significant new SPERI paper – The Resurrected Right and Disoriented Left – Craig Berry, the Deputy Director of SPERI, explores … Continue reading

2 February 2016 by
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SPERI deputy director launches e-book on governance, territory and identity in Northern England

Major population centres in the North of England, cities such as Hull, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield, are little over two hours by train from London. Yet at times ‘the North’ seems a world apart from the metropolis, seeming inhabiting a radically different political, cultural and economic space. How can this be? A new e-book, titled The Politics of the … Continue reading

22 January 2016 by
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Berry’s ‘disoriented left’ and the possibilities of an alternative

Dan Silver

Connecting abstract ideas about political economy with people’s everyday lives is what politics in the UK should now be about Craig Berry’s paper, ‘The disoriented left? Growth model failure and the nascent politics of a transformative narrative’ is a most welcome contribution to a debate around the political economy of the UK.  This debate has largely been limited by a … Continue reading

10 December 2015 by
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SPERI-IPPR event: ‘The British Growth Model: Building a Sustainable Future’

SPERI co-hosted a very successful roundtable discussion event in London yesterday with the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR). The event – ‘The British Growth Model: Building a Sustainable Future’- was held at IPPR’s central London office and brought together leading thinkers, academics, and journalists to debate the development, and challenge of developing, a new model of economic growth. The … Continue reading

9 December 2015 by
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Video of the ‘Power to the North?’ event

The video of the ‘Power to the North?’ is now online. This large-scale public event brought high-profile public figures to debate whether further powers should be devolved to Northern England and, if so, in what form. Speakers: Julia Unwin, Chief Executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation Ben Lucas, founding partner of Metro Dynamics & member of the RSA City Growth … Continue reading

24 November 2015 by
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The potential of workers’ capital in Britain’s economic renewal

Craig Berry

Recent governments have not focused sufficiently on addressing the chronic short-termism of pension fund investments The 2008 financial crisis and subsequent stagnation in the British economy gave renewed prominence to one of its longstanding handicaps. The relative lack of long-term investment can be associated with both the housing market and asset price booms which created significant volatility in the pre-crisis … Continue reading

6 November 2015 by
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‘The Age of Irresponsibility’: Post-budget video and opinion piece by Craig Berry

Read Craig Berry’s reactions to the budget published in the Huffington post today: The Age of Irresponsibility. Watch our short post-budget video: For details on the failure of the Coalition government to rebalance the economy, see our latest brief: Has the UK economy been ‘rebalanced’? SPERI is hosting a workshop on the Political Economy of the Northern Powerhouse on the … Continue reading

9 July 2015 by
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New Brief: Has the UK economy been ‘rebalanced’?

This new brief considers the available evidence on whether the UK economy has experienced any significant degree of ‘rebalancing’ since 2010. The need to correct a range of structural imbalances in the British economy has become associated in particular with the Conservative Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, but has emerged as a rare shared objective in economic policy for all … Continue reading

7 July 2015 by
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New SPERI Paper: Inequality Redux

We are delighted to publish as a SPERI Paper the series of blogs by SPERI staff and students, which ran from February to April 2015, all devoted to the theme of inequality. The posts were intended to paint into place a different backdrop to the issues that were being debated in the British General Election campaign which ran as the … Continue reading

18 June 2015 by
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New Deputy Director for SPERI

Dr Craig Berry has been appointed Deputy Director of SPERI from 1 January 2015. He has been a Research Fellow at SPERI since September 2013 and has recently been promoted to take on this new responsibility. Craig joined SPERI from the Trades Union Congress where he was Pensions Policy Officer. Previously he worked at HM Treasury as a Policy Adviser … Continue reading

5 January 2015 by
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