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in Le bien public Publication date 2016-06-16
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Sous la direction de HAY Colin, HUNT Tom Publication date 2017-11
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This book provides a timely warning of the dangers still present and building in the global economic system, whose frailty was exposed by the global financial crisis, and the Eurozone crisis it spawned. The contributors to this volume draw on SPERI’s work on the political economy of growth, stagnation, austerity and crisis, and placing each in the context of the wider environmental crisis. (Publisher's abstract)

Publication date 2007-01
HAY Colin
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Winner of the 2008 W J M Mackenzie Book Prize Politics was once a term with an array of broadly positive connotations, associated with public scrutiny, deliberation and accountability. Yet today it is an increasingly dirty word, typically synonymous with duplicity, corruption, inefficiency and undue interference in matters both public and private. How has this come to pass? Why do we hate politics and politicians so much? How pervasive is the contemporary condition of political disaffection? And what is politics anyway? In this lively and original work, Colin Hay provides a series of innovative and provocative answers to these questions. He begins by tracing the origins and development of the current climate of political disenchantment across a broad range of established democracies. Far from revealing a rising tide of apathy, however, he shows that a significant proportion of those who have withdrawn from formal politics are engaged in other modes of political activity. He goes on to develop and defend a broad and inclusive conception of politics and the political that is far less formal, less state–centric and less narrowly governmental than in most conventional accounts. By demonstrating how our expectations of politics and the political realities we witness are shaped decisively by the assumptions about human nature that we project onto political actors, Hay provides a powerful and highly distinctive account of contemporary political disenchantment. Why We Hate Politics will be essential reading for all those troubled by the contemporary political condition of the established democracies.

in The Legacy of Thatcherism: Assessing and Exploring Thatcherite Social and Economic Policies Sous la direction de HAY Colin Publication date 2014-02
FARRALL Stephen
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in The Legacy of Thatcherism: Assessing and Exploring Thatcherite Social and Economic Policies Sous la direction de HAY Colin Publication date 2014-02
FARRALL Stephen
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Publication date 2012-08
HAY Colin
WINCOTT Daniel
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A state-of-the-art assessment of welfare provision, policy and reform at national and at EU level which spans the whole of Europe - East, West and Central. Uniquely broad-ranging in scope, and covering the latest research findings and theoretical debates, it provides a genuinely comparative overview text for students of the new Europe.

in Resilient Liberalism in Europe's Political Economy Publication date 2013-08
SMITH Nicola
HAY Colin
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This chapter examines the origins, sustenance, and puncturing of the growth dynamic enjoyed by the United Kingdom and Ireland since the early 1990s. Often classified as ‘liberal market economies’, these two economies are particularly well matched for purposes of comparative analysis. They share not only a common legacy but also key structural similarities, such as their high levels of trade openness, their dependence on foreign direct investment, their membership in the EU (both since 1973), their flexible labour-market regimes (at least by European standards), their shared ‘liberal’ welfare tradition, and – of course – their common language. Yet, there are also notable differences between the two countries – not only in terms of their economic size and relative influence on the international stage but also their rather different and distinctive political traditions. For example, from 1987 onwards, Irish macroeconomic policy has been guided by ‘social-partnership’ agreements between the government and key social and economic interests, which have stood in stark contrast to the British system of free-collective bargaining. Given these differences and the path-dependent nature of political discourse, there might be strong reasons for anticipating divergent ideational and institutional responses even to common pressures and imperatives. Yet, as discussed in this chapter, there are striking similarities between the two countries in the development of political discourse and public policy in response to the crisis in recent years. (Introduction)

Sous la direction de COWLEY Philip, HAY Colin, HEFFERNAN Richard Publication date 2011-07
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British politics has experienced unprecedented change in recent years. The Conservative–Liberal Democrat coalition that emerged from the 2010 general election represented a marked departure from the single-party majorities Britain is accustomed to. And in the wake of the global economic crisis, the country now faces a new era of austerity. Cuts in public spending, together with the coalition's plans for a radical overhaul of public services, are likely to have profound political and social implications. For over 25 years, Developments in British Politics volumes have established an unrivalled reputation for accessible state-of-the-art coverage incorporating the latest research. Developments in British Politics 9 continues that tradition but with an entirely new set of specially commissioned chapters in which expert authors provide systematic and wide-ranging analysis of key trends, issues and debates.

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The state is one of series of concepts (capitalism, patriarchy and class being others) which pose a particular kind of ontological difficulty and provoke a particular kind of ontological controversy – for it is far from self-evident that the object or entity to which they refer is in any obvious sense ‘real’. In this paper I make the case for developing a distinct political ontology of the state which builds from such a reflection. In the process, I argue that the state is neither real nor fictitious, but ‘as if real’ – a conceptual abstraction whose value is best seen as an open analytical question. Thus understood, the state possesses no agency per se though it serves to define and construct a series of contexts within which political agency is both authorized (in the name of the state) and enacted (by those thereby authorized). The state is thus revealed as a dynamic institutional complex whose unity is at best partial, the constantly evolving outcome of unifying tendencies and dis-unifying counter-tendencies.

in New Political Economy Publication date 2014-09
GREEN Jeremy
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Not only did the global financial crisis transform the prevailing institutions, policies and practices of contemporary capitalism, it also had a profound impact upon the discipline of economics itself. From 2008 a different crisis, one of public legitimacy, engulfed academic economics as critics railed against its failure to predict the onset of unprecedented global economic turmoil. But despite the public focus upon the failings of mainstream economics, the rise of alternative disciplinary and epistemological perspectives has been muted. Scholars of international political economy (IPE), unconstrained by the debilitating equilibrium assumptions of neoclassical economics and keenly aware of the intimate connectivity between politics and economics, might justifiably have expected to make gains during the economics profession's darkest hour. That they have not managed, thus far, to substantially unsettle the intellectual and institutional predominance of economics should not, however, be a source of dismay. Political economy scholars possess the analytical tools to produce a much-needed counterpoint to prevailing academic economics. It is with demonstrating that capacity, and restating the holistic merits of political economy scholarship, that this Special Issue is concerned. Bringing together a number of diverse theoretical perspectives and employing a wide range of conceptual categories, this Special Issue showcases the rich variety of IPE scholarship and its collective capacity to generate much deeper and more holistic analyses of the global economic crisis than those provided by the reigning economics orthodoxy, and in doing so, to get what went wrong right.

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