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‘The Resurrected Right and Disoriented Left’ – new SPERI paper by Craig Berry

More than seven years on from the financial crisis, a new sustainable British growth model has yet to emerge, whilst the Conservative Party have been successful in rebuilding the pre-crisis growth model which failed so spectacularly in 2008. In his significant new SPERI paper – The Resurrected Right and Disoriented Left – Craig Berry, the Deputy Director of SPERI, explores … Continue reading

2 February 2016 by
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What next for Labour’s ABC tendency

Tony Payne

The party desperately needs to go back and come fully to terms with what went right and what went wrong during the Blair/Brown era Many words have been spilled already on the Corbyn phenomenon and more will be added today as Labour’s new leader speaks to the party conference for the first time.  The winners of elections always necessarily generate … Continue reading

29 September 2015 by
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Political party conferences: A look ahead

As the party conferences get underway this weekend three experienced analysts share their thoughts on what we might expect to hear at the Lib Dem, Labour and Conservative conferences, and the challenges facing each party. Michael Kenny on the Liberal Democrats: The biggest challenge facing the Lib Dems’ newly elected leader, Tim Farron, when he rises to speak at the … Continue reading

17 September 2015 by
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You wanted it, you got it

Craig Berry

New Labour offered change for two decades, without ever really meaning it. Jeremy Corbyn is the near-inevitable consequence The remarkable emergence of Jeremy Corbyn from the relative obscurity of Labour’s backbenches has taken most political commentators by surprise – and indeed Corbyn himself. In hindsight, however, it seems to make perfect sense, especially once the implications of Ed Miliband’s changes … Continue reading

14 September 2015 by
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The complexity of securing a pay rise for Britain

Sarah Brown

The collection of essays recently published by the Resolution Foundation offers a range of innovative solutions In the context of signs of economic recovery, the recent publication of a collection of short essays by the Resolution Foundation that explore a wide range of themes related to securing wage recovery in Britain is both timely and welcome.  Given the well-documented, recent … Continue reading

16 July 2015 by
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Deficit fetishism and the art of political bullshit: Part I

Jonathan Hopkin and Ben Rosamond

Attempts to refute bullshit by appeals to the ‘facts’ are likely to be unsuccessful as argumentative strategies Debates about economic policy in the recent UK General Election campaign were dominated by one particular claim: that the last Labour government, which left office in 2010, was wholly responsible for the deficit.  This claim became a central plank of the Conservative Party’s … Continue reading

15 July 2015 by
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Labour and the ideology of aspiration

Matthew Donoghue

The party’s attempt to promote some relatively centre-left policies during the general election was contradicted by its acceptance of other dominant right-wing discourses In the aftermath of an election defeat described by some as the ‘greatest crisis’ the party has ever faced, many key Labour personalities have already offered their analysis of where things went wrong.  One argument that gained … Continue reading

8 July 2015 by
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It’s the political economy, stupid!

Colin Hay and Tony Payne

Labour desperately needs a new and compelling narrative about how it would build a different economy from the Conservatives – and time is already running out Labour’s post-election debate is only six weeks old, but it is already going wrong.  It’s not just that the choice of a new leader and deputy leader, with all the associated questions of character … Continue reading

18 June 2015 by
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Why the North, why now, and what’s new?: Part II

Craig Berry

Osborne’s plans spell ‘devo-danger’ for the left in Northern England Devo-Manc, and its equivalents in the other regions of Northern England that will surely follow, is being sold as a key element in the creation of George Osborne’s ‘Northern Powerhouse’.  In the first of these posts, I argued that Labour’s future might depend on rekindling Northern England’s ‘inner powerhouse’.  Here, … Continue reading

11 June 2015 by
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Why the North, why now, and what’s new? Part I

Craig Berry

For England’s sake, the time has come for Northern England to find its ‘inner powerhouse’ In the wake of the general election, Englishness as a national identity is being articulated in an increasingly aggressive manner.  When all the dust has settled, we may in future come to see this as the key legacy of the 2015 general election – or … Continue reading

4 June 2015 by
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Rethinking Recovery I

SPERI PERC

Inequality and insecurity in UK households This is the first in a series of ten SPERI Comments on the theme of rethinking recovery.  In this introductory post the authors warn that measurements of, and debates about, economic recovery in the UK have tended to overlook deepening inequality along the lines of class, gender, race, ability, age and sexuality. Whether the … Continue reading

3 June 2015 by
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Prospects for Britain’s socially and territorially fractured polity

Colin Hay

It’s still a ‘good election to lose, but too important not to win’ Between 24.4% and 27.5%, I reckon, of Britain’s registered voters are passably happy with the outcome of the 2015 General Election – 27.5% if you think SNP supporters are content, 24.4% if you think contentedness is confined to Tory supporters living (almost exclusively, but not quite) south … Continue reading

2 June 2015 by
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A tale of two elections

Andrew Gamble

Labour is now confronted with a serious strategic dilemma, but the Conservatives also face huge economic and political challenges The election result surprised everybody, except perhaps Lynton Crosby.  The eleven pre-election polls accurately predicted the vote share of the Liberal Democrats and UKIP, but seriously underestimated the Conservatives and overestimated Labour.  Cameron needed a 7% lead over Labour to secure … Continue reading

11 May 2015 by
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Inequality Redux: Conclusion

Tony Payne

This post concludes the series of posts written over the past couple of months by SPERI staff on the different dimensions of inequality that can be identified in the contemporary political economy of Britain.  It notes that inequality has not, however, taken centre-stage in the current British general election campaign.  It asks why the Labour Party in particular has not … Continue reading

23 April 2015 by
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The ugly economy of the beautiful game: part II

Craig Berry

Premier League owners typify the UK’s flawed economy In part 1 of this post, I proposed that the Premier League should hypothecate half of the extra revenue it will receive from the latest television broadcast deal, compared to the previous deal, to a Football Association-run fund to protect football at lower levels of participation (as well as suggesting more ambitiously … Continue reading

8 April 2015 by
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Votes for vocational education?

Sir Keith Burnett

Through advanced apprenticeships, universities and industry can unite to manufacture a more sustainable future for the UK economy In the run up to the General Election, British political parties are vying to show their vision for economic growth, and their support for the development of the vocational skills which will support it. All agree there is a problem, bemoan the … Continue reading

24 March 2015 by
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Is neoliberalism at last unravelling in Britain?

Tony Payne

The crisis of the British political economy has now become an urgent crisis also for British politics I just don’t understand why mainstream political commentators in Britain are not shouting about it in every column and appearance on radio and television.  But it can be said in no uncertain terms on the SPERI blog: the unfolding crisis of the British … Continue reading

5 November 2014 by
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Ed Miliband’s economic problems: an issue of communication or substance?

The Labour leader needs to simplify his message and make it more combative As party conference season comes to a close in Britain, Ed Miliband has come under fire for forgetting to mention the deficit in his closing speech. This omission, although embarrassing, should not, however, be taken as wholesale neglect of the economy.  There is more to the economy … Continue reading

23 October 2014 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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Global Races

Tony Payne

It’s right to focus attention on Britain’s position in the global political economy, but we need a more sophisticated way of thinking about this issue than the notion of a race Global races have become a new focus of economic and political debate in Britain this autumn.  David Cameron was first into the field, launching his notion of the ‘global … Continue reading

1 November 2013 by
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