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Economic uncertainty and economics imperialism

Matthew Watson

The question of why uncertainty does not feature more prominently as an economic ontology requires answers that are rooted in intellectual history.  This post, the sixth in our series on uncertainty, searches for them by looking at how economic history has become increasingly colonised by economic theory, and economic theory by mathematics. The decision to focus this series of SPERI … Continue reading

26 October 2017 by
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Liberal vs populist economic policies in France 2017

Renee Buhr

Whoever is elected as President in April is set to introduce a break from business as usual in French economic policy On November 20 and 27 2016, Les Républicains – a collection of parties of the right and centre – held open primary elections to determine their candidate for the French presidential elections scheduled for 23 April 2017.   The results … Continue reading

20 December 2016 by
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What if the national economy is like a household budget?

Matthew Bishop

An inexpert population frequently internalises misleading economic ideas: experts should consider engaging on these terms rather than always trying to get the economics ‘right’ In 2012/13, there were 571,334 Year 11 students in UK state schools. Just under half went on to AS Levels the following year, of which only 23,049 took economics, or 8.9% of the total. We can … Continue reading

20 September 2016 by
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Event in London: What shapes trends in crime?

The findings of a two-year long research project on crime trends will be presented in London tomorrow (September 18). The  team of academics on the project included Colin Hay, Co-director of SPERI. and Stephen Farrall, Associate Fellow of SPERI, along with colleagues at the University of Southampton. The aim of the project was to to understand the long-term trajectory of crime rates … Continue reading

17 September 2015 by
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What happened to the Lisbon Agenda?

The European economy has been financialised, rather than ‘Lisbonised’ By 2010, the European Union was supposed to be the world’s ‘most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy’ according to Europe’s grand strategy – the Lisbon Agenda.  It was meant to turn Europe into the world’s hub of innovation and technology-driven growth. This strategy emerged from the European Council’s Lisbon Summit in … Continue reading

8 April 2014 by
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Inequality and the electoral system

To understand the relationship between economic and political inequality, look at what campaign professionals do (and don’t do) As Stephanie Mudge pointed out here in February, the rise in economic inequality over the last three decades has corresponded with a decline in voter participation across the OECD nations.  In the United States (and the United Kingdom), the rate of voting … Continue reading

3 April 2014 by
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Why is political science not in crisis as a result of the crisis?

Mick Moran

Economics is beginning to rethink many of its presuppositions as a consequence of the financial crisis, but political science sails blithely and complacently onwards It is a commonplace that the financial crash of 2007-9 also caused an intellectual crisis in the discipline of Economics.  That sense of crisis has had healthy results: while a minority of economists still maintain the … Continue reading

25 March 2014 by
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Second pivot in the ‘Building a Sustainable Recovery’ series published

The second in the SPERI Palgrave pivot series Building a Sustainable Recovery: SPERI Research & Policy has now been published and is available for purchase. Uneconomic Economics and the Crisis of the Model World by Matthew Watson (University of Warwick) analyses the political response to imploding markets through the lens of the history of thought, asking ‘what has gone wrong … Continue reading

5 February 2014 by
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