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The great Australian neoliberal experiment

The story of how Australia embraced the free market On April 7th the new Secretary of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), Sally McManus, declared that Neoliberalism ‘had run its course’ in Australia. McManus argued that Australia’s embrace of the free market in the 1970s and 1980s had lead to greater inequality amongst its population with ‘ordinary Australians’ becoming … Continue reading

6 June 2017 by
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The (distorted) issue of inequality

Stephen Buzdugan

The populist right’s focus on race and immigration claims to be about fairness and inequality, but actually distracts from the more acute matter of the concentration of wealth and income at the very top As many have already pointed out, the vote for ‘Brexit’ and the election of Donald Trump are linked by their association with the apparent triumph of … Continue reading

8 March 2017 by
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The American kids are alright

Rick Rowden

The significant public and political protests during the first month of the Trump presidency represent the backlash to the backlash In the US and around the world many have been shocked by the reactionary politics that swept Donald Trump into the White House. Trump’s overt hostility toward women and Mexican immigrants during his campaign was unprecedented, and his brazen executive … Continue reading

23 February 2017 by
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Inclusive growth: the challenge of our time

Colin Hay

A new growth model must be economically and morally sustainable – now, and for future generations “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others” (George Orwell, Animal Farm, 1945) In a context in which we have been told for so long that ‘we are all in it together’ to ask for inclusive growth might not seem … Continue reading

21 February 2017 by
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“Thatcher’s Children, Blair’s Babies”: new paper by Farrall, Grasso, Gray, Hay & Jennings makes headlines

A new study published last week in the British Journal of Political Science has made headlines of all the major newspapers. The paper co-authored by SPERI Associate Fellows Stephen Farrall and Maria Grasso, SPERI Co-Director Colin Hay, Will Jennings and Emily Gray, analysed data from the British Social Attitudes Survey taken between 1985 and 2012 and found that Blair’s generation is … Continue reading

3 February 2017 by
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Pay ratio reporting: why the time for action is now

Stuart Hill

Large pay inequalities fuel inequality in the UK. The Government should act to introduce new legislation and measures without delay Pay ratio reporting is currently a very hot topic.  Both the Prime Minister and Jeremy Corbyn have talked recently about the need to have private sector pay ratio reporting, and a Conservative MP also introduced a paper on corporate governance … Continue reading

2 February 2017 by
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Local government cuts and the unequal social, geographical and political impact of austerity

Craig Berry

Cuts to local government have disproportionately affected the North, deprived areas and Labour councils All of the mainstream political parties in the UK are currently engaging in a slightly farcical competition over how many billions of pounds in public expenditure they intend to devolve from Whitehall to the local level. Such devolution may be welcome, but the very big numbers … Continue reading

10 July 2014 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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Asking the right questions

Fred Block

To get out of the crisis we need to think about radical reforms that produce a greener and more equitable form of capitalism ‘If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don’t have to worry about answers’ (Thomas Pynchon) Since 2008 people have been asking whether capitalism can be reformed to eliminate dangerous financial speculation and the extreme … Continue reading

17 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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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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SPERI Research mentioned in Parliamentary Debate

In a parliamentary budget debate yesterday, Paul Blomfield MP referred to recent SPERI Research to argue that the budget does nothing to tackle regional inequalities and the north/south divide: “The Budget does not just ignore those issues; it is making them worse. Research by Sheffield political economy research institute has exposed the Chancellor’s flagship increase in the income tax  personal allowance as … Continue reading

25 March 2014 by
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Response to the budget: podcast & policy brief

SPERI Research Fellow Craig Berry responds to Osborne’s budget announcement in both the latest Policy Brief series and in the video below, arguing that changes to tax allowances will not help the lowest paid in Northern regions. Berry argues that the lowest-paid workers do not benefit at all from the Budget measure to increase the income tax personal allowance and … Continue reading

21 March 2014 by
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Placing bets on the climate

Jo Bates

Developments in ‘big data’ science and the weather risk industry are transforming the political economy of climate change The recent news story regarding Monsanto’s US$930million acquisition of the data science company, Climate Corporation, raises important questions about the form of political economy that is being developed in response to the challenge of climate instability. A new generation of data analytics … Continue reading

24 October 2013 by
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