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…

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…

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…

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…

Public infrastructure investment & business activity in the English regions

[co-authored with Tom Hunt and Laura White] My SPERI British Political Economy Brief on the relationship between public infrastructure investment and private sector activity. This brief examines public spending on infrastructure investment in England and assesses its relationship with private sector business activity on a regional basis. Infrastructure investment forms a key part of the…

Has the UK economy been rebalanced?

[Co-authored with Colin Hay]. My SPERI British Political Economy Brief detailing an evaluation of the success of the coalition government’s economic rebalancing agenda. In this Brief, the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) considers the available evidence on whether the UK economy has experienced any significant degree of ‘rebalancing’ since 2010. The need to correct…