The Real Deal: Pushing the parameters of devolution deals

My paper for SPERI with the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) on how to establish a more ambitious and progressive devolution agenda [co-authored with Tom Hunt, Neil McInroy, Amy-Grace Whillans-Weldrake and Matthew Todd. The Real Deal: Pushing the parameters of devolution deals calls on the new government to reset the devolution agenda, rethink UK…

Neoliberalism’s survival and the crisis of imagination

My post for SPERI’s The Coming Crisis series. The last crisis was one of growth.  The next crisis may be coming, but the growth crisis goes on.  Yet capitalism, which cannot countenance stagnation, has survived.  How?  This relates, among other things, to how a given distribution of wealth is institutionalised.  Political-economic regimes will only fundamentally…

Brexit = austerity squared

My post for the SPERI blog (republished widely, including by Newsweek) on the genesis of the UK’s decision to withdraw from the EU referendum. The UK has voted to leave the European Union; well, technically. In practice, the 17.5 million people voting for Brexit will have been voting for many different things, not all of…

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…

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…

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…