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Domestic fortification and the home of neoliberalism

Rowland Atkinson and Sarah Blandy

Homeownership and the increasing fortification of the domestic home are linked by our increasingly neoliberal society. Home goes to the heart of the economy. We know that homeownership has been integral to a series of national political projects, on both the political right and left, for decades.  The growth of homeownership has occurred in tandem with the slow death of … Continue reading

19 October 2016 by
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The Coming Crisis: the monetary policy credibility trap

Jacqueline Best

In the latest blog in SPERI’s series on ‘The Coming Crisis’ Jacqueline Best asks: what do central banks and governments do when exceptions to the monetary policy rules keep piling up? Quite a few commentators have noted that central bankers have become rather less boring of late. Since the 2008 financial crisis, central banks have taken on new roles and … Continue reading

20 April 2016 by
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How sustainable are the Anglo-American recoveries?

Jeremy Green

While both countries have experienced comparatively strong growth, divergence on the current account ensures that the UK’s situation looks much more perilous Staggering global payments imbalances are a defining feature of contemporary capitalism. From the 1980s, with the emergence of the ‘neoliberal’ phase of capitalism, two major categories of growth model have emerged: debt-led growth models, marked by current-account deficits, … Continue reading

2 February 2016 by
Categories: British growth crisis, Economics, Global crisis, Politics and policy, SPERI Comment, Sustainability, USA | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The government is right on pensioner protection – but for the wrong reasons

Craig Berry

Critics of the protection of pensioner benefit entitlements are playing into George Osborne’s hands The politics of austerity appears to have induced an unfortunate amnesia among the British political class. For a long time the state pensions ‘earnings link’ was a totemic issue on the left – almost mythically so.  For her critics, Margaret Thatcher’s 1980 decision to index the … Continue reading

14 January 2016 by
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The political difficulties of ‘Corbynomics’

The problems are not really the economics at all, but much more the politics A month ago nobody had heard of ‘Corbynomics’.  Today Google records 174,000 search results.  It is becoming difficult to escape the term in any form of media.  If Jeremy Corbyn wins the Labour leadership election, its contents and claims will shape political debate in the UK … Continue reading

3 September 2015 by
Categories: British growth crisis, Debt, Economics, Employment, Political theory, SPERI Comment | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 comment

Towards full employment in the UK?

Jason Heyes

George Osborne has promised full employment, but closer examination suggests a continuing lack of ambition In 1991 Norman Lamont, Chancellor of the Exchequer in the Conservative government, famously stated that, if unemployment was the price that had to be paid for reducing inflation, it was ‘well worth paying’. Lamont’s words entered the public consciousness and served mainly to reinforce the … Continue reading

13 May 2014 by
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