UK manufacturing decline since the crisis in historical perspective

My SPERI British Political Economy Brief on the continuation – and transformation – of manufacturing decline The new UK prime minister, Theresa May, is promising to revive and indeed enhance the industrial policy activism to which the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government was committed. In this Brief, the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute considers the recent…

Industrial policy change in the post-crisis British economy: Policy innovation in an incomplete institutional and ideational environment

My article on the institutional and ideological context of UK industrial policy in British Journal of Politics and International Relations. Industrial policy rarely features in analysis of post-crisis economic policy change in Britain, despitemanufacturing featuring centrally in the ‘rebalancing’ narrative espoused by elites since 2008. The article seeks to interrogate the character of recent governments’…

Corbynism, martyrdom and the other Labour split (parts I-III)

Part I: Jeremy Corbyn’s destructive utopianism has been reaffirmed by Labour Party members – but there are signs of a widening divergence among Corbyn’s support base, with uncertain implications for Labour’s future After the emphatic re-election of Jeremy Corbyn as Leader of the Labour Party, speculation that the Labour Party might split in two is…

Jeremy Corbyn: a Polanyian critique

Supporters of Jeremy Corbyn would be forgiven for assuming that, if one were to assess Corbynism – an admittedly crude term for the perspective of the Labour Party’s current leader and his main allies – through the prism of Karl Polanyi’s dialectical framework, the perspective represents a historical ‘counter-movement’.  As such it aims to re-embed…

“Osborne’s legacy is arguably one of centralisation”: so what would real devolution look like?

Devolution is a great opportunity.  After years of oppressive centralisation, devolution deals offer local authorities a chance to break free and forge their own approaches to economic development. As it stands, however, the devolution agenda encompasses myriad risks and challenges for local authorities, with city deals characterised by unnecessarily conservative ambitions, a series of policy…

It’s time we decentralised teaching and research funding

Higher education is an indispensable part of the national economy. But many universities also play a hugely important role within local economies, as major employers and consumers of local goods. Universities attract tomorrow’s highly skilled workforce to local economies, and act as magnets for exogenous private investment. In ‘The Real Deal: Pushing the Parameters of…