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Liberalisation of the Water Industry: What next for consumer and environmental protection?

Jon Morris

From April 1st companies in the UK can choose to switch their water provider; a domestic roll-out for households seems inevitable On April 1st the liberalisation of the English water industry for commercial consumers came into force.  This is the result of the 2014 Water Act which gives businesses, charities, and public sector customers in England the freedom to switch … Continue reading

13 April 2017 by
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The Coming Crisis: Is the long-predicted crisis in China finally coming?

Matthew Bishop

A gathering storm is visible on the Chinese horizon, yet the country seems better prepared to ride it out than many predict. China has apparently been on the cusp of a crisis for decades. In the 1990s, as industrialisation gathered momentum, neoliberal economists regularly advocated ‘shock therapy’ of the kind undertaken disastrously by Russia as a way of staving it … Continue reading

4 May 2016 by
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New SPERI Brief: Public infrastructure investment & business activity in the English regions

SPERI’s latest brief examines public spending on infrastructure investment in England and assesses its relationship with private sector business activity on a regional basis. Infrastructure investment forms a key part of the Government’s ‘long term economic plan’ and the Treasury’s recent Productivity Plan identified it as a key component for raising productivity. The Brief analyses the Government’s National Infrastructure Pipeline … Continue reading

1 September 2015 by
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Austerity rests on a thesis the government doesn’t believe in

Tom Hunt and Craig Berry

Concentration of infrastructure investment in areas with high levels of business activity suggests the government is unconcerned by ‘crowding out’ Remember expansionary fiscal contraction? You don’t hear much about it now, but back in 2010 when George Osborne set out his austerity agenda, the theory underpinning it was that the private sector would expand to fill the gaps caused by … Continue reading

1 September 2015 by
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The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Yong Wang and Gregory Chin

Prospects for a China-led Institution In October 2013 China’s new political leadership announced its proposal to create a new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). While the international media have come to this story recently, authorities in Beijing have been mulling over China-led regional investment arrangements for Asia for at least five years.  They are aware of the global gap in … Continue reading

31 July 2014 by
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Can pensions break the British investment strike?

Craig Berry

The government has a covert strategy to use pensions saving to improve Britain’s economic performance, but it may jeopardise the long-term interests of members Between 2012 and 2017 around 10 million employees will be automatically enrolled into a workplace pension scheme – most of them for the first time. We are frequently told that this is to address the UK’s … Continue reading

7 November 2013 by
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