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About Craig Berry

Craig Berry is a Research Fellow at the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute. He worked formerly as a policy officer at the TUC, lecturer in economic policy at the University of Warwick, policy advisor at HM Treasury, and head of policy at the International Longevity Centre. His book Globalisation and Ideology in Britain was published in 2011.

Articles by Craig Berry

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Adam Bychawski is an editorial assistant at openDemocracy.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

The path towards a ‘soft Brexit’ has been established, but the real disjuncture may still lie ahead

The divorce deal between the UK and the European Union (EU) agreed earlier this month has effectively averted the immediate prospect of a ‘hard Brexit’. After the UK’s capitulation on a range of...

Brexit Britain and the political economy of undemocracy: part 2 – the left

While the right acts decisively to restore the established order, the Corbyn experiment eschews both democracy and state power, and thus Labour’s best hope of transforming capitalism – part two of two.

Brexit Britain and the political economy of undemocracy: part 1 – the right

The aftermath of economic crisis, followed by Brexit, has seen the dismantling of democratic norms in Britain. The right benefits, while the left stands by. Part one of two.

Austerity has transformed the meaning and morality of work in the UK

Measuring economic success through levels of employment obscures the unsustainable and oppressive nature of the UK’s recovery.

The Jeremy Corbyn-shaped hole in the Conservatives’ 'Bremain' strategy

Both the Conservatives and Labour have made strategic blunders in their approach to the European referendum.

Scotland should be talking about real alternatives

The phoney currency debate in Scotland relies on misunderstanding and is helping to marginalise the real alternative.

The pensions paradox: why weak investment, not an ageing population, is driving pensions policy

The government is pushing forward automatic enrollment in a pension scheme not because the population is ageing or to save itself money, but in order to drive investment, says Craig Berry.

Unpacking ‘the 99 per cent’

Occupy has spotlighted the super-elite, but the ‘average Brit’ that is pitted against this class does not exist. For the struggle to empower all citizens to succeed in Britain, mapping actual wealth distribution is critical. 

Addressing young people’s marginalisation within the democratic process

The UK’s ageing electorate means that young people have increasingly little sway over influencing policies that will impact most upon their lives. From lowering the voting age to the introduction of ombudsmen, Craig Berry appraises the merits and pitfalls of possible solutions to this problem. 

How the growing grey vote could undermine British democracy

Current trends in UK voting figures point to an ageing cohort and deficit in youth participation. With clear evidence of the correlation between generational factors and political alignment, those who are the most affected by long-term policy changes may have the smallest voice in determining their future.  

Rioting youth? Blame the baby boomers and the state they created

Britain's baby boomers gave little thought to the next generation, while the state has gradually abrogated its duties towards the young. So don't denounce the parents of the rioters: it is the parents' generation that is to blame

Old, new, borrowed or blue... Has Blue Labour been duped by conservatism?

Blue Labour is based on a problematic understanding of conservatism, which takes working class conservatism at face value, and omits the commitment to an unequal social order
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