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Debtors' prison : the politics of austerity versus possibility

Author: Robert Kuttner
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"A timely, broadly revisionist, essential book by one of our foremost economic observers takes down one of the most cherished tenets of contemporary financial thinking: that spending less, refusing to forgive debt, and shrinking government--"austerity"--Is a solution to the current economic crisis. Since the collapse of Lehman Brothers in September 2008, too much of our conversation about economic recovery has  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Kuttner
ISBN: 9780307959805 0307959805
OCLC Number: 806016021
Description: 331 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Agony economics --
The great deflation --
The allure of austerity --
A tale of two wars --
European disunion --
A Greek tragedy --
The moral economy of debt --
A home of one's own --
The Third World's revenge --
Back to the future.
Responsibility: Robert Kuttner.
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"A timely, broadly revisionist, essential book by one of our foremost economic observers takes down one of the most cherished tenets of contemporary financial thinking: that spending less, refusing to forgive debt, and shrinking government--"austerity"--Is a solution to the current economic crisis. Since the collapse of Lehman Brothers in September 2008, too much of our conversation about economic recovery has centered on the question of debt: whether we have too much of it, when to forgive it, and how to cut the deficit. Robert Kuttner makes the most powerful argument to date that these are the wrong questions and that austerity is the wrong solution. Blending economics with historical examples of effective debt relief and punitive debt enforcement, he makes clear that universal belt-tightening, as a prescription for recession, simply defies economic logic. Just as debtor's prisons once prevented individuals from working and thus being able to pay back their debts, austerity measures shackle, rather than restore, economic growth as the weight of past debt crushes the economy's future potential. Above all, Kuttner shows how austerity serves only the interest of creditors--the very bankers and financial elites whose actions precipitated the collapse. Lucid, authoritative, provocative--a book that is certain to be widely read and much debated."--Publisher information.

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