Tag Archives for Owen Parker

Book review: Race and the Undeserving Poor

Robbie Shilliam’s brilliant book highlights the historical importance of race in social and welfare policy in Britain and in so doing makes a crucial and timely intervention into contemporary progressive debate Explanations of Brexit, Trump and populist movements elsewhere have tended to divide opinion between those who emphasise social class and those who emphasise identity, particularly race. Robbie Shilliam’s important … Continue reading

17 September 2018 by
Categories: SPERI Comment | Tags: , , , | Leave a comment

Book review: Brexit: Why Britain Voted to Leave the European Union

Owen Parker

Harold D. Clarke, Matthew Goodwin and Paul Whiteley’s new book provides a nuanced picture of why people voted as they did in 2016 There are many stories seeking to explain the outcome of the 2016 referendum on UK membership of the EU. These include stories that focus on the long-term status of the UK as an “awkward partner” since it … Continue reading

24 July 2018 by
Categories: SPERI Comment | Tags: , , | Leave a comment

Crisis in the Eurozone Periphery | New book published in SPERI Palgrave series

We are delighted to announce the publication of a further volume in the SPERI series ‘Building a Sustainable Political Economy: SPERI Research and Policy’ published by Palgrave Macmillan Crisis in the Eurozone Periphery: The Political Economies of Greece, Spain, Ireland and Portugal, edited by Owen Parker and Dimitris Tsarouhas, investigates the causes and consequences of crisis in four countries of … Continue reading

2 March 2018 by
Categories: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , | Leave a comment

The political economy of the White Paper on The Future of Europe: Part Two

Owen Parker

The Commission’s White Paper understates both the depth of the crisis associated with the EU status quo and what needs to be done about it In Part One of this blog I offered an overview of the European Commission’s recent White Paper (WP) on The Future of Europe (at 27) and highlighted some of the political debate and division it … Continue reading

22 March 2017 by
Categories: SPERI Comment | Tags: , , , , , | Leave a comment

The political economy of the White Paper on the Future of Europe: Part One

Owen Parker

The Commission’s new White Paper offers some interesting post-Brexit scenarios for ‘the future of Europe’, but realising any of these will be difficult in a context of political divisions among the remaining 27 states At the beginning of March the European Commission published a White Paper (WP) on The Future of Europe at 27 (i.e. the current EU-28 minus the … Continue reading

21 March 2017 by
Categories: SPERI Comment | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

New SPERI Paper: ‘The Unfulfilled Promise of Social Rights in Crisis EU’

Our new SPERI Paper, by Robbie Pye and Owen Parker, published today shows that the response to the Eurozone crisis has seen the empowerment of executive political actors and the hardening of a neoliberal macroeconomic strategy within the EU. The response is premised on achieving competitiveness by constraining the wages and conditions of workers and carries a severe social cost. … Continue reading

12 January 2016 by
Categories: Publications | Tags: , , | Leave a comment

The self-protection of European society (inside and outside the EU)

Owen Parker

Growing political turmoil in Greece, Spain and Turkey could be a precursor to a Polanyian ‘great transformation’ away from neoliberalism Many commentators on the global financial crisis and its aftermath in the European context have sought to make sense of the widespread political resistance and protest that has emerged in its wake.  Karl Polanyi, a well-known figure among political economists, … Continue reading

24 September 2015 by
Categories: Europe and the EU, Global crisis, Political theory, Politics and policy, Social science, SPERI Comment | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fundamental rights and neoliberalism in Crisis Spain (and Crisis EU)

Owen Parker

Political tensions in Spain are a microcosm of a broader conflict between human rights and neoliberalism that is playing itself out in the EU and beyond On the back of its local elections Spain has been heralded as a positive news story for the European left.  This is the case, especially, in its major cities, Madrid and Barcelona, where two … Continue reading

25 June 2015 by
Categories: Politics and policy, SPERI Comment | Tags: , , , , , | Leave a comment