School of Applied Social Science

If the banks were too big to fail, why isn’t the British steel industry?

Alex Simpson, University of Brighton The financial crisis of 2008 taught us that markets fail. But the current plight of the steel plant in Port Talbot, Wales, shows how not all markets fail equally. Eight years ago the UK treasury pumped £850 billion into a failing banking industry. Teetering on the brink of collapse, the…

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Four key economic trends shaping society

Philip Haynes, University of Brighton The year is off to a turbulent start; both in the UK, and around the world. January saw oil prices plummeting, while Chinese growth slowed, spooking investors (but surprising none). But amid the turmoil and confusion of global stock markets, there are a few economic trends which look set to…

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