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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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Pensions, fairness and Lamborghinis

Craig Berry

Budget changes to the annuities market are a lesson in the fallacies of freedom   From April 2015, individuals in defined contribution pension schemes will no longer be required to ‘annuitise’ their pensions saving, that is, turn their pot of savings into a lifelong, regular income by purchasing an annuity product from an insurance company. Boris Johnson’s response typified the … Continue reading

26 March 2014 by
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Response to the budget: podcast & policy brief

SPERI Research Fellow Craig Berry responds to Osborne’s budget announcement in both the latest Policy Brief series and in the video below, arguing that changes to tax allowances will not help the lowest paid in Northern regions. Berry argues that the lowest-paid workers do not benefit at all from the Budget measure to increase the income tax personal allowance and … Continue reading

21 March 2014 by
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Sterling depreciation & the UK trade balance

We’re pleased to announce that the highly anticipated second British Political Economy Brief in the series has now been published. The paper No.2. Sterling depreciation & the UK trade balance, by Craig Berry and Scott Lavery, considers the relationship between the relative value of sterling and the UK trade balance. When a country’s currency depreciates in value relative to its major competitors, its exports … Continue reading

18 February 2014 by
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Craig Berry debates the Minister for Pensions Steve Webb MP & other events this week

It’s been another busy week for the SPERI team. On Monday 10th February SPERI Research Fellow Craig Berry debated pensions with the Minister for Pensions Steve Webb MP. At the event held by the International Longevity Centre (ILC) UK entitled Linking state pension age to longevity: Tackling the fairness challenge, Ben Franklin presented a new report which outlined issues surrounding the steadily … Continue reading

13 February 2014 by
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Export-led growth and the failure of economic rebalancing

Craig Berry

The trade deficit is growing – and the Transatlantic trade deal is unlikely to rectify this The Conservative Party’s general election manifesto could not have been clearer: ‘A sustainable recovery must be driven by growth in exports’. A preceding speech by George Osborne specified ‘net exports’, explaining that rising exports had to be matched by falling imports, as Britain once … Continue reading

19 November 2013 by
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