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The hollowness of GDP: The case of Ireland

Ireland’s GDP statistics highlight the disconnect between ‘official’ growth and the real economy, and raise questions about the nature of growth itself In the last decade, the prominence afforded to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in political discourse has increasingly been challenged by a series of social and environmental critiques. These critiques – made by the likes of Wilkinson and Pickett, … Continue reading

22 September 2016 by
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The Coming Crisis: The dangers of indecent work

Genevieve LeBaron

To prevent another economic crisis, we must address the spread and normalization of indecent work Global capitalism’s promise was to pull people out of poverty by creating decent work. It hasn’t delivered, and an escalating jobs crisis is now at the centre of the global economy’s ‘gathering storm.’ As of 2014, over 200 million people in the world were unemployed … Continue reading

22 June 2016 by
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Resisting Labour Reforms in France

Heather Connolly

The current industrial action will test the ‘reactionary radicalism’ of French unions and the Government’s ability to introduce reforms On 4th November 2015, France’s labour minister, Myriam El Khomri, launched reforms designed to rewrite the labour code.  France’s labour code is more than 3,500 pages long in its latest edition, plus vast amounts of supplementary case law.  This fact makes … Continue reading

16 June 2016 by
Categories: Employment, Europe and the EU, Politics and policy, Social science, SPERI Comment, Trade Unions | Tags: , , , | Leave a comment

This is Britain 80-82: Thatcher and understanding modern politics

A full understanding of Thatcher’s legacy arguably needs more than just 3 years This evening (February 16th) SPERI is delighted to welcome Andy Beckett of The Guardian, for the Sheffield launch of his new book ‘Promised You a Miracle: UK 80-82’.  This event is free of charge and open to all. Book your place here. Kate Dommett, who will introduce … Continue reading

16 February 2016 by
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‘Old’ leftism, made new?

Stephanie Mudge

An important part of the ‘Millennial’ appeal of Jeremy Corbyn in the UK and Bernie Sanders in the US lies in the economic insecurity of younger generations In my last SPERI Comment, I highlighted some of the new realities of the neo-gilded age: huge economic and wealth inequality, long-term wage stagnation and the mounting problem of student loan debt.  I … Continue reading

8 December 2015 by
Categories: Debt, Economics, Inequality, Politics and policy, Social science, SPERI Comment, Tax | Tags: , , , , , | Leave a comment

Variations in austerity-based reform

Tom Hastings

PIIGS and GIPSIs may appear to face common problems, but we should always respect the uniqueness of each country’s particular crisis For well-documented reasons the Greek political economy has received unprecedented attention in recent months, fuelled not least by the possibility of ‘Grexit’ and the potential impacts of this on both Greek society and the wider Eurozone. It is worth … Continue reading

26 August 2015 by
Categories: Austerity, Employment, Europe and the EU, SPERI Comment, Welfare | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The American economy at mid-term

David Coates

The numbers don’t reflect the reality and give no cause for crowing over the Eurozone It is mid-term season in America: time for the Administration to talk up the strengths of the economy.  The President did so a week ago, wanting ‘people to know that there are some really good things happening in America’.  And, since in economic terms it … Continue reading

28 October 2014 by
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Towards full employment in the UK?

Jason Heyes

George Osborne has promised full employment, but closer examination suggests a continuing lack of ambition In 1991 Norman Lamont, Chancellor of the Exchequer in the Conservative government, famously stated that, if unemployment was the price that had to be paid for reducing inflation, it was ‘well worth paying’. Lamont’s words entered the public consciousness and served mainly to reinforce the … Continue reading

13 May 2014 by
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Interrogating the ‘good news’ on employment

Craig Berry

Why the coalition government is wrong to consider the relatively high employment rate one of its main successes The good news is that the employment rate has grown to 71.7 per cent (all aged 16-64) in June-August 2013, up from 70.7 per cent when the coalition government took office. There are almost 700,000 more people in work. However, there are … Continue reading

25 November 2013 by
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