Craig Berry

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    Book Review: Developing England’s North: The Political Economy of the Northern Powerhouse

Book Review: Developing England’s North: The Political Economy of the Northern Powerhouse

In Developing England’s North: The Political Economy of the Northern Powerhouse, editors Craig Berry and Arianna Giovannini bring together contributors to explore different facets of the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ as announced in a Manchester speech by then UK Chancellor, George Osborne. This is a valuable collection that shows the incoherence and ineffectiveness of the NP, and the urgent need to develop political […]

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    An election or an inoculation? British ‘undemocracy’ and the dark side of Theresa May

An election or an inoculation? British ‘undemocracy’ and the dark side of Theresa May

Approaching its second general election in two years, with a referendum squeezed in-between, you would be forgiven for thinking that Britain was in the midst of a democratic bonanza. Think again, writes Craig Berry. He argues that the Prime Minister’s decision to call a snap election instead signifies a rather cynical, undemocratic turn in British political culture, alongside a […]

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    Britain’s ‘radically redundant’ industrial policy will not halt manufacturing decline

Britain’s ‘radically redundant’ industrial policy will not halt manufacturing decline

Reviving British manufacturing through industrial policy has been one of the most consistent themes of economic policy discourses in Britain since the financial crisis. Accordingly, Theresa May made the creation of an industrial strategy a central pillar of her programme for government – yet , as Craig Berry argues, there are few signs that her government will embark on […]

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    Why Osborne is right on pensioner protection – but for the wrong reasons

Why Osborne is right on pensioner protection – but for the wrong reasons

One of the tragedies of the election of radically right-wing governments – usually under-appreciated at the time – is how they manage to drag popular opinion to the right too, even among those who consider themselves left-wing, writes Craig Berry. We are clearly witnessing a version of this story in the UK at the moment, as demands to remove […]