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Treasury Control and the prospects for green industrial strategy in Britain

Martin Craig

The Treasury’s powers and priorities impinge upon environmental, energy and industrial policies. Understanding and reforming them is a vital step for creating a green industrial strategy The recent consolidation of the industry and energy portfolios in the new Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has sparked considerable speculation among environmentalists and policy analysts, especially given the removal of … Continue reading

10 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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Workshop Report on Designing Sustainable Economies: Translating ideas and research into policy and practice

Can economic growth and environmental protection go hand-in-hand? Does climate change and resource depletion force us to radically imagine our economic systems? Is continued economic growth universally necessary and desirable? On 29-30 July, twenty-five scholars, activists, practitioners, civil society, and representatives of intergovernmental institutions gathered in Sheffield to grapple with these questions. Organised by Hayley Stevenson, as part of her … Continue reading

28 September 2016 by
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SPERI 2016 Conference: FINAL CALL FOR PROPOSALS

SPERI 2016 Conference, 4-6 July 2016, Halifax Hall, Sheffield SPERI is publishing today the final call for Proposals for its 4th Conference on ‘Political Economy in an Age of Great Uncertainty’. The deadline for submissions is the 18 December at 5pm. We have had a number of excellent submissions already and we look forward to putting together a programme for … Continue reading

18 November 2015 by
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Part of the problem or part of the solution? Migration as adaptation to climate change

Andrew Geddes

We need to begin thinking about migration as a response to the combined pressures of climate change and economic insecurity Can migration allow people in some of the poorest parts of the world to sustain their lives and livelihoods in the face of environmental and climate change?  Too often migration both within states and internationally is seen as a crisis, … Continue reading

29 April 2014 by
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A threat to growth? Environmental activism in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis

Genevieve LeBaron

Since the crisis states have raised the stakes for environmentalists, cracking down on dissent and stifling criticism of the ecological costs of economic growth Since 2008 more and more governments have been framing protests and opposition against resource-intensive economic activity – such as mining and oil pipelines – as a threat to economic stability and corporate competitiveness. In 2012, as … Continue reading

7 January 2014 by
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‘Civic capitalism’: the need for sustainability

Colin Hay and Tony Payne

We need to work collectively and globally to shift the accepted currency of economic success away from its sole reliance on the convention of growth As we have sought to show, the civic capitalism we advocate is very different from the capitalism we are used to.  One of the biggest differences and one of the greatest challenges is that our … Continue reading

3 January 2014 by
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Wildlife black markets and the political economy of illegal trade

Combatting illegal wildlife trade requires coordinated transnational action In September this year, Prince William announced that his Royal Foundation would collaborate with leading conservation NGOs to combat illegal wildlife trafficking under the banner ‘United for Wildlife’. Later the same month, the Clinton Global Initiative announced its new ‘Partnership to Save Africa’s Elephants’. The media has also reported on elephants dying … Continue reading

3 December 2013 by
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