The four broad research themes
- Research theme #1: The politics of constructing economic performance assessment
- Research theme #2: Piloting economic policy under conditions of pervasive uncertainty
- Research theme #3: Brexit, UK economic growth and the British model of capitalism
- Research theme #4: Brexit and UK's economic growth in the public debate
Specific research questions
Economic concepts as political constructions?
To what extent are the economic concepts such as the output gap, used by the OBR to frame and pilot economic policy political constructions?
This project will explore how far economic forecasts are grounded in firm evidence and unquestioned scientific methodologies, or if they are in fact based on contested methods, bedevilled by uncertainties, and subject to substantial retrospective revisions.
The construction of UK growth prospects
How are UK growth prospects constructed?
Are Government policy options opened up or closed off by particular renderings of Britain’s growth trajectory and their assumptive foundations (notably about Brexit effects)?