‘Diverging Capitalisms, Part 3: After Brexit: British and EU capitalisms at the crossroads?’

On Friday March 24, on the eve of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, many of the SPERI team gathered in Brussels to participate in a one-day workshop entitled ‘After Brexit: British and EU capitalisms at the crossroads?’ alongside an esteemed assortment of fellow scholars, policy-makers, political advisors, and think tank colleagues.

The workshop, organised jointly by SPERI, Policy Network and the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS), was the third in a series of four Events|News as part of the project ‘Diverging Capitalisms? Britain, the City of London and Europe’. The aim of the project is to consider the changing nature of the British economy, its changing place within the European economic space and potential post-Brexit routes forward.

The event’s attendees debated the future of British and European competitiveness, the consequences of Brexit on the UK’s growth model, the response of British businesses to Brexit and the prospects of EU renewal after Article 50 is triggered later this week.

Two interactive sessions based on the research of SPERI’s Prof. Andrew Gamble and Dr. Scott Lavery were enriched by the contributions of Prof. Leila Simona Talani (King’s College London) and Prof. Engelbert Stockhammer (Kingston University) as discussants. This was followed by a panel discussion with policy-makers and commentators including Prof. Stephany Griffith-Jones (Overseas Development Institute and the Initiative for Policy Dialogue at Columbia University), Prof. Anke Hassel (Academic Director of the Institute of Economic and Social Research and Professor of Public Policy at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin), Prof. Gerhard Stahl (Peking University Business School and the European Economic Studies Department at the College of Europe) and Prof. Helle Krunke (University of Copenhagen).

This event was preceded in the Diverging Capitalism series by two workshops at the offices of Policy Network on The City after the Crisis and EU economic governance since 2008. The final workshop in the autumn of this year will focus on inequality and the direction of progressive politics in a dividing Europe.

If you wish to receive more information about the Diverging Capitalisms project or about forthcoming Events|News, please contact SPERI’s Dr. Daniel Bailey.