Tag Archives for Labour Party

The proletariat problem: general election 2017 and the class politics of Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn

Craig Berry

The election continued the swing of working-class voters to the Conservative Party – but also the more important trend of working-class disengagement from politics. Can Labour respond without succumbing to populism? The general election was peculiar for a large number of reasons. One of those reasons, relatively overlooked to date, is that – amid some stunning victories in affluent areas … Continue reading

5 July 2017 by
Categories: SPERI Comment | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Corbynism, martyrdom and the other Labour split – part II

Craig Berry

Labour will not split, but Corbynism might – Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour Party depends on a large group of activists increasingly uneasy with his approach to politics Part I of this post explored the phenomenon of Corbynism in relation to political ‘martyrdom’, arguing that Jeremy Corbyn and his key allies offer a destructive form of utopian politics.  Suddenly … Continue reading

3 October 2016 by
Categories: Politics and policy, SPERI Comment | Tags: , , , , , | Leave a comment

We need to talk about public services

Henry Kippin

Public service reform is the big missing conversation in British politics. This has to change so we can build a new vision for public services that can underpin prosperity and inclusion Somebody once remarked that the future is defined by the things that aren’t said. I am, as I write, heading back from the Labour Party Conference in Liverpool.  The … Continue reading

30 September 2016 by
Categories: SPERI Comment | Tags: , | 1 comment

Corbynism, martyrdom and the other Labour split – part I

Craig Berry

Jeremy Corbyn’s destructive utopianism has been reaffirmed by Labour Party members – but there are signs of a widening divergence among Corbyn’s support base, with uncertain implications for Labour’s future After the emphatic re-election of Jeremy Corbyn as Leader of the Labour Party, speculation that the Labour Party might split in two is intensifying. It remains uncertain whether any of … Continue reading

26 September 2016 by
Categories: SPERI Comment | Tags: , , | 1 comment

Jeremy Corbyn: a Polanyian critique

Craig Berry

Corbynism represents a ‘fictitious commodity’ in the UK’s political marketplace Supporters of Jeremy Corbyn would be forgiven for assuming that, if one were to assess Corbynism – an admittedly crude term for the perspective of the Labour Party’s current leader and his main allies – through the prism of Karl Polanyi’s dialectical framework, the perspective represents a historical ‘counter-movement’.  As … Continue reading

8 September 2016 by
Categories: SPERI Comment | Tags: , , , , , , | 8 comments

Corbyn and the Labour Party – taking the longer view?

Glen O'Hara

Historic polling comparisons highlight the party’s challenges ahead of 2020 The last few months have seen the Labour Party seemingly stumble from crisis to crisis. A rolling and engrossing bad news story but one that has been hard to place in context.  We can consider the impact of this first period of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership upon Labour’s support by considering … Continue reading

17 February 2016 by
Categories: Social science, SPERI Comment | Tags: , , , , | Leave a comment

SPERI conference: a month to go!

On 9 February 2012 Rt Hon Ed Miliband launched the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) at the University of Sheffield, pronouncing it as “the right institute, at the right time, in the right place” before echoing the core focus of SPERI’s project: “From the ashes of the kind of irresponsible capitalism which led to the crash, we need to … Continue reading

18 June 2012 by
Categories: Conference 2012, Events | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment