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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)

Abstract

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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  • Peter Temin & David Vines, 2013. "The Leaderless Economy: Why the World Economic System Fell Apart and How to Fix It," Economics Books, Princeton University Press, edition 1, number 9932.
  • Handle: RePEc:pup:pbooks:9932
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    1. repec:mes:challe:v:58:y:2015:i:5:p:386-397 is not listed on IDEAS
    2. David Vines, 2015. "Cooperation between countries to ensure global economic growth: a role for the G20?," Asian-Pacific Economic Literature, Asia Pacific School of Economics and Government, The Australian National University, vol. 29(1), pages 1-24, May.
    3. Servaas Storm & C.W.M. Naastepad, 2015. "NAIRU economics and the Eurozone crisis," International Review of Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 29(6), pages 843-877, November.
    4. Ross Garnaut, 2013. "A Chinese Perspective on Economic Development: The Views of Justin Yifu Lin," Australian Economic Review, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, vol. 46(3), pages 387-394, September.
    5. Heinz Handler, 2013. "Fiscal Multipliers in the Crisis," WIFO Monatsberichte (monthly reports), WIFO, vol. 86(12), pages 977-984, December.
    6. Athanasios Orphanides, 2014. "The Euro Area Crisis: Politics over Economics," Atlantic Economic Journal, Springer;International Atlantic Economic Society, vol. 42(3), pages 243-263, September.
    7. Manuela Moschella, 2014. "Monitoring Macroeconomic Imbalances: Is EU Surveillance More Effective than IMF Surveillance?," Journal of Common Market Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 52(6), pages 1273-1289, November.
    8. David Vines, 2014. "Cooperation between countries to ensure global economic growth: a role for the G20?," Departmental Working Papers 2014-21, The Australian National University, Arndt-Corden Department of Economics.
    9. repec:mes:ijpoec:v:45:y:2016:i:1:p:46-71 is not listed on IDEAS
    10. Vines, David, 2016. "Chinese leadership of macroeconomic policymaking in a multipolar world," China Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 40(C), pages 286-296.
    11. 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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