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’…

The Resurrected Right and Disoriented Left: Growth model failure and the nascent politics of a transformative narrative

My paper for the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute on the politics of growth model maintenance (and potential transformation) in the UK. More than seven years on from the financial crisis, a new sustainable British growth model has yet to emerge, whilst the Conservative Party have been successful in rebuilding the pre-crisis growth model which…

Citizenship in a financialised society: financial inclusion and the state before and after the crash

Article for academic journal Policy and Politics on financial inclusion, asset-based welfare and the implications for citizenship Financialisation, understood as the increased role of finance in individuals’ daily lives as well as the economy in general, has profound implications for the relationship between individuals and the state. This article therefore interrogates recent developments in welfare…

Quantity over quality: a political economy of ‘active labour market policy’ in the UK

Academic journal article in Policy Studies on the relationship between the UK growth model and the coalition government’s active labour market policy. This article offers a critical evaluation of recent ‘active labour market policy’ (ALMP) initiatives in the UK, focusing on the coalition government’s Work Programme and its immediate antecedents. ALMP exemplifies a supply-side employment…

The Great British ‘rebalancing’ act: the construction and implementation of an economic imperative for exceptional times

Academic journal article, co-authored with Colin Hay. The ‘rebalancing’ of the British economy has become perhaps the central motif in the public political economy of adjustment to the financial crisis. The article examines the social construction of the ‘rebalancing’ imperative and associated policies, arguing that a rebalancing discourse has served to circumscribe the parameters of…