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From socialising capital to socialising capitalism

My review of Stewart Lansley’s A Sharing Economy for the SPERI blog. Stewart Lansley’s valuable 2012 book The Cost of Inequality offered one of the few sustained attempts to link inequality to the causes of the 2008 economic crisis, insofar as it was deemed a core characteristic of the pre-crisis model of economic growth. Lansley’s…

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Austerity Politics and UK Economic Policy

AUSTERITY POLITICS AND UK ECONOMIC POLICY assesses UK economic policy in the wake of the financial crisis through the lens of the austerity agenda, focusing on monetary policy, economic rebalancing, industrial and regional policy, the labour market, welfare reform and budgetary management. The author, Craig Berry, argues that austerity is geared towards a resurrection of…

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UK regions, the European Union and manufacturing exports

My SPERI Brief on regional differences in goods trade between the EU and the UK (co-authored with Tom Hunt, Scott Lavery and Chris Kirkland). In advance of the referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union (EU), this Brief considers the differences in how the UK’s constituent regions and nations interact with other EU…

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UK regions and European structural and investment funds

My SPERI British Political Economy Brief on the regional distribution of EU structural and investment funds (co-authored with Tom Hunt, Scott Lavery and Will Vittery). In advance of the referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union (EU), this Brief considers the distribution of EU ‘structural and investment funds’ to the UK’s constituent regions…

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The Remain campaign needs a dash of the Brexiters’ utopianism

When Labour’s shadow business secretary Angela Eagle described Michael Gove’s recent remarks on the post-Brexit prospects for UK trade as ‘utopian rubbish’, she probably though that the most important concept within that formulation was ‘rubbish’. Gove was speaking ‘rubbish’, of course. He sought to turn the UK’s crippling trade deficit – the thing that demonstrates…

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Reforming the Treasury, reorienting British capitalism

My British Political Economy Brief for SPERI on how to reform HM Treasury, co-authored with Andrew Gamble, Colin Hay, Tom Hunt and Tony Payne. In its dual role as both the ‘economics ministry’ and the ‘finance ministry’, HM Treasury sits at the apex of the British state, and indeed the British political economy. This role…