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Between a rock and a hard place: Trade negotiations post-Brexit and post-election

Future negotiations about service trade liberalisation will present significant difficulties for the UK – whoever is in power One year after the United Kingdom (UK)’s Brexit referendum, divorce talks with the European Union (EU) have begun. On the first day of negotiations on 19 June, the British Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, David Davis, and the European … Continue reading

4 July 2017 by
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The split in neoliberalism on Brexit and the EU

Protectionist or pragmatic? Leave or Remain? A year ago neoliberals were divided on Brexit but now they are united The European Union (EU) has often been accused of being a neoliberal hegemon, imposing its will upon struggling peripheral economies such as Greece and Spain.  The EU’s supposed disposition towards neoliberalism was often used in the case made by supporters of … Continue reading

22 June 2017 by
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New Paper: British Business Strategy, EU Social and Employment Policy and the Emerging Politics of Brexit

A new Paper published today highlights how Brexit might change how British businesses engage with EU institutions in order to further their objectives. Through a document analysis of business responses to the Balance of Competences Review on EU Social and Employment Policy and CBI policy documents between 2010-2016, the author Scott Lavery outlines how British business has attempted to ‘defend … Continue reading

1 February 2017 by
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European Union Financial Regulation, Banking Union, Capital Markets Union and the UK – New SPERI Paper

As part of the project on Diverging Capitalisms with FEPS and Policy Network, we are pleased to publish a new paper by Professor Lucia Quaglia which analyses the EU reforms in three key financial policy areas – financial regulation, Banking Union and Capital Markets Union – and the role played by the preferences and influence of the United Kingdom (UK) … Continue reading

25 January 2017 by
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EU economic governance after Brexit: Governing a disintegrating Europe – New Brief

We are pleased to publish the second Brief of a series drawing on the project ‘Diverging Capitalisms? Britain, the City of London and Europe’, led by FEPS, Policy Network and SPERI. In this Brief Lucia Quaglia, University of York, and Waltraud Schelkle, London School of Economics, provide new insights on how fragmented political and economic interests, both internationally and intra-nationally, … Continue reading

29 November 2016 by
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In pursuit of industrialisation: Tanzania, Nigeria and free trade with the EU

Rick Rowden

Recent actions by Tanzania and Nigeria show how advocates of free trade as a development strategy are increasingly finding themselves on the defensive Despite the fact that most economists still preach the virtues of free trade, Tanzania and Nigeria are decidedly ditching conventional wisdom and are instead opting for good, old-fashioned trade protection, and adding into the mix some classic … Continue reading

25 October 2016 by
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Video of Wolfgang Streeck’s talk – ‘Last Call: Time is Running out on Capitalism and Democracy in Europe’

We are pleased to share the opening address of the SPERI Conference which took place on 4th July in Halifax Hall in Sheffield. In this talk, Wolfgang Streeck briefly reconstructs the post-war relationships between democracy and capitalism and shows how the trajectory of ‘democratic capitalism’ has increasingly favoured a social and economic model that prioritises the imperatives of the market … Continue reading

9 September 2016 by
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Ducking uncertainty: the EU’s regulation of the repo market

Andrew Johnston

Policymakers are still operating in a liberal market paradigm that sees market failure as exceptional, regulatory intervention as costly and uncertainty as quantifiable risk On 16 November, the European Union agreed a Regulation on Securities Financing Transactions (SFT Regulation). It will increase transparency in the obscure ‘repo’ market, which allows institutional investors, large corporations and broker dealers with spare cash … Continue reading

12 January 2016 by
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New Research Programme with Policy Network and FEPS

SPERI launches on 1st December a new research programme with Policy Network in London and the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) in Brussels.  It will run for two years until 30 November 2017. The programme is entitled ‘Diverging Capitalisms? Britain, the City of London and Europe’ and is jointly led by Colin Hay (Co-Director of SPERI), Renaud Thillaye (Deputy … Continue reading

1 December 2015 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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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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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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Watch the video of ‘Professor David Marquand In Conversation’

If you missed the event ‘Professor David Marquand In Conversation’ on 22 November 2012 at the Octagon Centre, University of Sheffield, you can now watch the recording of the event here. A former Labour MP, Chief Adviser to the European Commission, founding member of the Social Democratic Party and prolific author; Professor David Marquand (University of Oxford) is asked by … Continue reading

4 December 2012 by
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