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The Leaderless Economy: Why the World Economic System Fell Apart and How to Fix It

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  • Peter Temin

    (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

  • David Vines

    (Balliol College, University of Oxford)

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    The Leaderless Economy reveals why international financial cooperation is the only solution to today's global economic crisis. In this timely and important book, Peter Temin and David Vines argue that our current predicament is a catastrophe rivaled only by the Great Depression. Taking an in-depth look at the history of both, they explain what went wrong and why, and demonstrate why international leadership is needed to restore prosperity and prevent future crises. Temin and Vines argue that the financial collapse of the 1930s was an "end-of-regime crisis" in which the economic leader of the nineteenth century, Great Britain, found itself unable to stem international panic as countries abandoned the gold standard. They trace how John Maynard Keynes struggled for years to identify the causes of the Great Depression, and draw valuable lessons from his intellectual journey. Today we are in the midst of a similar crisis, one in which the regime that led the world economy in the twentieth century--that of the United States--is ending. Temin and Vines show how America emerged from World War II as an economic and military powerhouse, but how deregulation and a lax attitude toward international monetary flows left the nation incapable of reining in an overleveraged financial sector and powerless to contain the 2008 financial panic. Fixed exchange rates in Europe and Asia have exacerbated the problem. The Leaderless Economy provides a blueprint for how renewed international leadership can bring today's industrial nations back into financial balance--domestically and between each other.

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    This book is provided by Princeton University Press in its series Economics Books with number 9932 and published in 2013.

    Volume: 1
    Edition: 1
    Handle: RePEc:pup:pbooks:9932

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    Keywords: leaderless; international financial cooperation; cooperation; global; crisis; Great Depression; history; 1930s; end-of-regime; Great Britain; international; gold standard; John Maynard Keynes; World War II; powerhouse; deregulation; international monetary flows; overleveraged; panic; fixed exchange rates; international; balance;

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    Cited by:
    1. C. J. Polychroniou, 2013. "Toward a Post-Keynesian Political Economy for the 21st Century: General Reflections and Considerations on an Era Ripe for Change," Economics Policy Note Archive 13-02, Levy Economics Institute.

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