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Alternatives to the Annual Tax Summary: New SPERI report explores how government could communicate tax differently

A new SPERI report proposes how the government could communicate differently to citizens about how it spends the tax they pay. Dr Liam Stanley, Lecturer in the Department of Politics and Associate Fellow of SPERI, and Dr Rebecca Bramall, Senior Lecturer in Media and Communications at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, examined the government’s Annual Tax … Continue reading

4 October 2018 by
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2008 is dead, long live 2008! Or, how we learned to imagine the unimaginable

What’s changed in the ten years since the global financial crisis in 2008? In looking for the lightning strike of structural change, do we overlook or take for granted how the 2008 crisis has opened up space for reimagining how we organise our economies? The collapse of Lehman Brothers, on 15th September 2008, is the event that most identify as … Continue reading

6 September 2018 by
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SPERI launches new postgraduate research programme on the political economy of the Weinstein scandal

SPERI has launched a new postgraduate research programme that will focus on the political economy of the Weinstein scandal. PREPPE – the Postgraduate Research Experience Programme in Political Economy – offers opportunities for students on the SPERI-affiliated MA in Global Political Economy to participate in a new research project, in the context of an on-going commitment to research-led learning. The … Continue reading

28 June 2018 by
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Reimagining tax through speculative design: or, how to critique neoliberalism

If you were given £5m to communicate *something* with all income taxpayers, what message would you want to circulate? What form would it take? How radical would you be? I recently co-organised a workshop with Rebecca Bramall as part of a project we’re doing on ‘Reimagining Tax Through Speculative Design’ that asked a variation of this question. The aim of the project is to … Continue reading

20 April 2018 by
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Reimagining tax through speculative design – new SPERI project

SPERI is embarking on a new collaborative project which will explore the role of communications between tax authorities and taxpayers in increasing ‘tax morale’. The project will be led by Dr Liam Stanley (SPERI) in collaboration with Dr Rebecca Bramall at the University of the Arts London (UAL). Tax is the lifeblood of public life. It funds public services and contributes … Continue reading

25 January 2018 by
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New SPERI Brief: Welfare recipients, public opinion and ‘deservingness’

SPERI has today published a new British Political Economy Brief on ‘Welfare recipients, public opinion and ‘deservingness”. The new Brief, which considers public attitudes towards welfare, is the second SPERI brief by Liam Stanley (SPERI Associate Fellow) and Todd Hartman (Sheffield Methods Institute). Download Brief No.22: Welfare recipients, public opinion and ‘deservingness’. Liam and Todd’s first Brief, published in November 2015, … Continue reading

28 April 2016 by
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Talking the politics of welfare

Liam Stanley

More and more evidence shows that it matters considerably that British governments have lately been deploying the word ‘welfare’ in an official capacity Imagine you are a government minister or a particularly influential civil servant.  Lucky you: you are introducing some new legislation that, say, proposes that all benefit claimants must attend interviews within three days of making their first … Continue reading

16 March 2016 by
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New SPERI Brief: The UK’s ‘annual tax summaries’

SPERI’s latest brief presents the results from a new study by Dr Liam Stanley and Dr Todd Hartman that tested how annual tax summaries might impact upon public support for welfare and taxation. The results show that the Government’s presentation of public spending data in their annual tax summaries – with welfare listed as the top category – may lead … Continue reading

20 November 2015 by
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What six public opinion graphs tell us about austerity

Liam Stanley

A majority of the British population has consistently expressed the belief over a period of several years that spending cuts to cut the government’s deficit are ‘necessary’ Austerity was meant to be over by now in the UK.  The country living comfortably within its means.  The books balanced.  But, with the Coalition government consistently missing its deficit-reduction targets, this is … Continue reading

9 July 2015 by
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Blaming bankers and accepting austerity

Our everyday experiences of taxation have been crucial to the way that the crisis has been interpreted There is something for everyone on YouTube. A piece of satirical songwriting, entitled ‘Bugger the Bankers’, is quickly racking up many thousands of views. You barely need to watch the video to get the gist. Indeed, following the global financial crisis, bankers are … Continue reading

13 February 2013 by
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