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The political determinants of miracle growth in Rwanda

Pritish Behuria and Tom Goodfellow

Rwanda’s government works hard to maintain a balancing act between the complex range of political and economic factors that underpin the country’s recent rapid economic growth To understand why growth is sustained in some developing countries and not in others, we need to understand the politics of those countries. That much we know. Or at least, there was an ‘almost … Continue reading

14 December 2016 by
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Austerity has transformed the meaning and morality of work in the UK

Craig Berry

Measuring economic success through levels of employment obscures the unsustainable and oppressive nature of the UK’s recovery Work has of course always been central to capitalist organisation, since the ability of capital to extract surplus value from labour is at the essential core of accumulation processes. In post-crisis UK, however, work has become not only integral to the function of … Continue reading

19 July 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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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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New SPERI Paper: Britain’s Post Crisis Political Economy: A ‘Recovery’ through Regressive Redistribution

We are very pleased that our latest paper by SPERI researchers Jeremy Green and Scott Lavery was covered in an article in Scotland’s Sunday Herald. http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home-news/think-tank-measures-to-help-economy-made-the-rich-far-richer.24005186 The full version of the SPERI paper No. 11 is now available for download by clicking on the link below: SPERI Paper No. 11: Britain’s Post Crisis Political Economy: a ‘Recovery’ through Regressive Redistribution In … Continue reading

22 April 2014 by
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Paul Ryan as the Prince of Paupers

David Coates

The hard-nosed approach to poverty from the American Right is a threat to long-term democratic stability in the United States Given the scale and depth of poverty in the United States, it is not surprising that periodically debates about it should surface in Washington DC. What is more surprising is that the issue of poverty is not permanently centre-stage. It … Continue reading

15 April 2014 by
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Britain’s unreal recovery risks a very real economic crisis

Craig Berry

Investment and consumption performance demonstrates the frailty of the UK economy; the economic recovery is not yet secure The government has facilitated, at long last, a return to strong growth. But they have done so by ramping up the economic growth model that served Labour so well until 2008 – a model George Osborne had promised to dismantle. The pace … Continue reading

26 February 2014 by
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Two weeks left to submit a proposal for SPERI annual conference

There’s just over two weeks left to submit a paper or panel proposal for SPERI annual conference ‘The Global Contours of Growth & Development beyond the Crisis’. The conference will take place on 30 June – 2 July 2014 at the newly renovated Halifax Hall, University of Sheffield. It will seek to take discussion of the political economy of the … Continue reading

17 January 2014 by
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‘Civic Capitalism’: sustainable development through investment

Colin Hay and Tony Payne

We need to move from private debt to public investment as the means to stimulate demand and to link deficit reduction to the promotion of growth A most urgent task for any incoming British government is to fix what is typically called the growth model.  Since the early 1990s Britain experimented with a new kind of growth model – which … Continue reading

16 January 2014 by
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Business as usual as City pay soars while manufacturing stagnates

Craig Berry

George Osborne promised a ‘march of the makers’ but as yet there is little sign that a resurgence of manufacturing is helping the economy to rebalance As late as 1980, manufacturing represented around 30 per cent of the UK’s gross value added (GVA) and employed around a quarter of the workforce. But it now represents around 12 per cent of … Continue reading

9 January 2014 by
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SPERI launches British Political Economy Briefs series

The Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) is today launching a new series of publications, SPERI British Political Economy Briefs. The first edition, ‘Pay in Manufacturing and Finance’, assesses what the latest data on pay across different sectors tells us about the rebalancing of the British economy away from financial services and towards manufacturing. The brief reports evidence, however, that … Continue reading

8 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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SPERI annual conference: Final call for papers

The Global Contours of Growth & Development beyond the Crisis 30 June – 2 July 2014, Halifax Hall, University of Sheffield Proposal submission deadline: 31 January 2014 The 2014 SPERI conference seeks to take discussion of the political economy of the crisis beyond its British and European contexts to focus centrally on the dynamics and patterns of the distribution of … Continue reading

19 December 2013 by
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Welcome to the pseudo-recovery

Craig Berry

UK investment and consumption performance demonstrates the frailty of the economic recovery The second estimate of GDP for the third quarter of 2013, published by the ONS this week, appears to confirm that the UK economy has returned to consistent growth. Yet the detailed breakdown of investment results paints an alarming picture of an unbalanced economy. Growth remains far too … Continue reading

29 November 2013 by
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Registration open for SPERI Conference 2014

Registration is now open for the next SPERI annual conference. ‘The Global Contours of Growth & Development Beyond the Crisis’ will take place from 30 June – 2 July 2014 at the recently transformed Halifax Hall, University of Sheffield. The 2014 SPERI conference seeks to take discussion of the political economy of the crisis beyond its British and European contexts to focus centrally … Continue reading

28 November 2013 by
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Interrogating the ‘good news’ on employment

Craig Berry

Why the coalition government is wrong to consider the relatively high employment rate one of its main successes The good news is that the employment rate has grown to 71.7 per cent (all aged 16-64) in June-August 2013, up from 70.7 per cent when the coalition government took office. There are almost 700,000 more people in work. However, there are … Continue reading

25 November 2013 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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Are we there yet?

Craig Berry

The recent good news about renewed growth in the British economy badly needs to be scrutinised and put in context A strange story has started to emerge about the British economy. Apparently, it’s in recovery! The central plotline boils down to one key statistic: the UK economy is growing. GDP growth in the second quarter of 2013 was 0.7 per … Continue reading

14 November 2013 by
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The Global Contours of Growth & Development Beyond the Crisis – Call for papers

In its first year SPERI Conference looked at the British growth crisis. Last year, it tackled Europe. This year it will take on the global political economy – focusing on the dynamics and patterns of the distribution of growth and development across with world. Plenary speakers include: Linda Weiss (University of Sydney), Tony Payne (University of Sheffield), Gregory Chin (York … Continue reading

31 October 2013 by
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New research position announced at SPERI

We are pleased to announce that SPERI wishes to recruit an exceptional post-doctoral research associate from 1 August 2013 for a two-year period to work on a new research programme, described below: Reorienting the British Growth Model The crisis that the British political economy faces is not at heart a crisis of debt; it is instead a crisis of and … Continue reading

10 June 2013 by
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