Tag Archives for Governance

New book on ‘depoliticization’ featuring SPERI researchers

We are pleased to report that Anti-politics, Depoliticization and Governance – edited by SPERI director Colin Hay, with Paul Fawcett, Matthew Flinders and Matthew Wood will be published by Oxford University Press on 7 September 2017. The book examines the relationship between moves towards depoliticization and the apparent rise of political disaffection within broader governance process. It brings together a … Continue reading

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Depoliticisation: What is it and why does it matter?

Matt Wood

Understanding the concept of depoliticisation – and of politicisation – is key to understanding the governing strategies of policymakers and how decisions are made How do governments shape public perceptions of politics in the institutional arrangements they create?  How do they seek to avoid blame for stagnant growth, failures to reduce public debt, or the financing of potentially unpopular socio-economic … Continue reading

7 September 2017 by
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The view from COP22: frustration, uncertainty and Nordic leadership

This month’s UN conference mixed post-Paris optimism with concerns about future climate change governance Earlier this month I was given the opportunity to attend the second week of the 22nd Conference of Parties (COP22) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Marrakech, as part of the University of Sheffield and Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures delegation. … Continue reading

29 November 2016 by
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Macroeconomic governance since the financial crash

Andrew Baker

Acknowledging the redundancy of silo governance will be a vital first step in creating the new macroeconomic institutional arrangements we need The most distinguishing feature of the macroeconomic governance frameworks that emerged throughout the world in the 1990s was the creation of a number of narrowly focused institutional silos (fiscal, monetary and financial regulation). In the aftermath of the financial … Continue reading

17 November 2016 by
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Rio de Janeiro beyond the Olympic Games and the Zika controversy

Giselle Datz

The real malaise of Rio is not just the Zika virus epidemic, but a fiscal and governance crisis that has engendered its own set of increasing dangers On May 26th, a group of renowned scientists published a letter to the World Health Organization (WHO) calling for the 2016 summer Olympic games taking place in Rio de Janeiro to be ‘postponed … Continue reading

3 June 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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Singaporean lessons?

Matthew Bishop

Singapore is often held up as a model of development, and it does indeed carry some interesting lessons for other countries, both small and large, to consider A question my Caribbean students often ask is: ‘why can’t we be more like Singapore?’  By this, they mean a small country with high levels of development, which is safe, clean, and generates … Continue reading

24 February 2015 by
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The rule of law and the common sense of global politics

Christopher May

The conventional wisdom on the value of the rule of law actually masks uncertainty about its purpose and beneficiaries The rule of law is often presented as preferable to the rule of men or the rule of force.  Indeed, in the last couple of decades it has become a central part of the ‘common sense’ of global politics – an … Continue reading

22 October 2014 by
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