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Have you ever puzzled over the causes of the 2007–8 financial crisis and wondered how it will affect all our futures? If so, this book is for you. Using imagined dialogue between three economists with contrasting theoretical perspectives and a student who knows little about economics, different interpretations are compared in straightforward, jargon-free language. The book explores both the consequences of neoliberal economic policies based on the belief in efficient, self-regulating markets and the implications of alternative economic visions formulated in response to the Great Recession. In all, nine dialogues are presented, each of which focuses on a key theme: increasing inequality, the failure of economists to predict the crash, the reasons for fiscal austerity, the rolling back of the welfare state, the roles of the state and the market, the repercussions of the German trade surplus and the Eurozone crisis, policies to confront the crisis, environmental degradation, and the need for an industrial policy appropriate to the present day. The book will be ideal for both general readers and those embarking on the study of economics.




Agatha is a professor of Economics at a British university.
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Increasing Inequality

First Dialogue
Do you think that the Great Recession has given rise to increasing inequality?
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The Failure to Predict the Great Recession

Second Dialogue
I was baffled when I realised that hardly anyone had foreseen the financial crisis .
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Why Fiscal Austerity?

Third Dialogue
Are people right to criticise austerity or not? Some political leaders have adopted very critical positions.
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Rolling Back the Welfare State

Fourth Dialogue
How does the crisis affect welfare systems?
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The State and the Market

Fifth Dialogue
I read recently in a newspaper that neoliberalism is in crisis. Is that true?
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The Gigantic German Trade Surplus and the Euro

Sixth Dialogue
I read that president Donald Trump claimed that the German trade surplus is too big. Is it true?
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Crisis Policy

Seventh Dialogue
What recipe would you suggest to reduce unemployment , which is still high in some advanced countries?
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Environmental Degradation

Eighth Dialogue
Is economic growth environmentally sustainable ?
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Industrial Policies

Ninth Dialogue
What do you think, Forrest, about industrial policies favouring the new green technologies , that are suggested by Agatha?
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