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Researching uncertainty

Craig Berry

The unpredictability of the present era exposes social science’s uneasy relationship with uncertainty. Yet political economists should embrace the inescapability of this condition as a key foundation of inquiry. This is the first in a new series of posts which explores uncertainty and the business of predicting the future in political research. In 2013, Colin Hay and Tony Payne claimed … Continue reading

27 September 2017 by
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Revisiting the developmental state 1: Introduction

It’s time to open up a new debate about the potential gains offered by this longstanding and core concept in the study of the political economy of development The bleak and grinding years of crisis and austerity in the West – symptoms of the decaying neoliberalism that may finally be reaching its endgame – have contrasted markedly with the spectacular … Continue reading

26 September 2017 by
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The New Political Economy of Oil

SPERI is delighted to report two new publications that explore in different formats the changing political economy of oil and the place that oil now occupies in the economic and political predicaments that confront the West.  Both are authored by Helen Thompson, Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge and an Honorary Research Fellow of SPERI. … Continue reading

1 June 2017 by
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New SPERI Paper: Rethinking the fiscal and monetary political economy of the Green State

A new Paper published today by SPERI investigates an under-theorised contradiction in the political economy of the Green State; a Robyn Eckersley concept which fosters a debate on how state capacity and legitimacy can be pragmatically utilised in order to realise environmental protection. The contradiction identified centres upon the operationalisation of an interventionist state, the move beyond economic growth, and … Continue reading

18 January 2017 by
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SPERI 2016 Conference: FINAL CALL FOR PROPOSALS

SPERI 2016 Conference, 4-6 July 2016, Halifax Hall, Sheffield SPERI is publishing today the final call for Proposals for its 4th Conference on ‘Political Economy in an Age of Great Uncertainty’. The deadline for submissions is the 18 December at 5pm. We have had a number of excellent submissions already and we look forward to putting together a programme for … Continue reading

18 November 2015 by
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SPERI 2016 Conference: Second Call for Proposals

‘Political Economy in an Age of Great Uncertainty’ 4-6 July 2016 Halifax Hall, Sheffield The Second Call for proposals for the Fourth SPERI Conference has now been published. We are pleased to announce that Lord Roger Liddle will give the pre-dinner talk on Tuesday 5th July. The SPERI Conference is becoming increasingly recognised as a key forum for debating major contemporary … Continue reading

19 October 2015 by
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2016 SPERI Conference: First Call for Proposals

SPERI is pleased to invite submissions for a relevant panel of 3-4 papers (or an individual paper) for the 2016 SPERI conference that addresses one of the following conference themes: The political and economic map of the UK: the unevenness of economic recovery; the prospects for industrial rebalancing; the role of the economic crisis in fuelling devolution to Scotland, the North of … Continue reading

15 September 2015 by
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2016 SPERI Conference announcement: ‘Political Economy in an Age of Great Uncertainty’

The Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) is pleased to announce that its next major conference will take place from 4-6 July 2016 and will be held, as previously, in the Halifax Hall conference centre in Sheffield. The theme of the conference will be: ‘Political Economy in an Age of Great Uncertainty’. SPERI’s focus encompasses analysis of all the major … Continue reading

22 July 2015 by
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Devolution and the silence of political economy

Craig Berry

The shallowness of the UK debate on devolution demonstrates the new marginalisation of political economy in public discourse Political economy as a field of study seeks to explore the real world of economic organisation, looking beyond the market metaphor and the price mechanism, to examine how power dynamics contained in social and political relations shape economic life, and vice versa. … Continue reading

30 October 2014 by
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New SPERI Paper: Britain’s Post Crisis Political Economy: A ‘Recovery’ through Regressive Redistribution

We are very pleased that our latest paper by SPERI researchers Jeremy Green and Scott Lavery was covered in an article in Scotland’s Sunday Herald. http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home-news/think-tank-measures-to-help-economy-made-the-rich-far-richer.24005186 The full version of the SPERI paper No. 11 is now available for download by clicking on the link below: SPERI Paper No. 11: Britain’s Post Crisis Political Economy: a ‘Recovery’ through Regressive Redistribution In … Continue reading

22 April 2014 by
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Why is political science not in crisis as a result of the crisis?

Mick Moran

Economics is beginning to rethink many of its presuppositions as a consequence of the financial crisis, but political science sails blithely and complacently onwards It is a commonplace that the financial crash of 2007-9 also caused an intellectual crisis in the discipline of Economics.  That sense of crisis has had healthy results: while a minority of economists still maintain the … Continue reading

25 March 2014 by
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Video: In Conversation with Andrew Haldane

If you missed ‘In Conversation with Andrew Haldane (Executive Director for Financial Stability, Bank of England)’ on Thurs 20 February 2014, you can now watch the video in full below. You can also find out more about the event here.  

7 March 2014 by
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Putting the ‘political’ into political economy

Stephanie Mudge

We really should care about how party politics works—or isn’t working—in unsettled times Are mainstream political parties capable of communicating meaningfully with voters and producing fresh thinking in today’s unsettled times? Most of the people I talk to don’t seem to think so. This isn’t necessarily new: political scientists have been commenting on the decline of political parties, and of … Continue reading

11 February 2014 by
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Sea change moments and post-crash political economy

Andrew Baker

The crisis has opened the door to new ideas and policy paradigms, but politicians are yet to build upon them and create a convincing progressive agenda Political economists are pessimistic about the prospects for far-reaching and profound change following the financial crash of 2008. A common refrain is that little in the way of substantive change to the financial and … Continue reading

12 December 2013 by
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Introducing a new model of capitalism

Today we lauch a new series of SPERI Comment blogs which introduce a new model of capitalism. The first one, by SPERI Directors Colin Hay and Tony Payne,  lays out the vision behind the series: ‘It is time to move on from the mawkish (if necessary) analysis of the failings of the now infamous Anglo-liberal model of capitalism and from lamenting the … Continue reading

8 November 2013 by
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One week to register under early bird rate for SPERI Conference

The second SPERI annual conference ‘Austerity vs Growth: The Future of the European Political Economy’ is now just over 5 weeks away. The conference will take place on 1 – 3 July 2013 at Halifax Hall, University of Sheffield. The programme features an exciting list of speakers including Peter Katzenstein (Cornell University), Vivien Schmidt (Boston University), Iain Begg (LSE), Stuart … Continue reading

24 May 2013 by
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SPERI Comment is here!

We are delighted to announce the launch of SPERI Comment, a new interactive, political economy blog which will feature articles from a variety of leading commentators, on the issues that matter. SPERI Comment is intended to help spread opinions and ideas of academics from the University of Sheffield, with research interests in political economy, to a wider audience. Further contributions … Continue reading

8 November 2012 by
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