New Book: Financial Underpinnings of Europe’s Financial Crisis – Liberalization, Integration, and Asymmetric State Power

By Nina Eichacker. From Edward Elgar: This book analyzes how financial liberalization affected the development of the financial crisis in Europe, with particular attention given to the ways in which power asymmetries within Western Europe facilitated financial liberalization and distributed the costs and gains from it. The author combines institutional narrative analysis with empirical surveys … More New Book: Financial Underpinnings of Europe’s Financial Crisis – Liberalization, Integration, and Asymmetric State Power

New Book: Worst-Case Economics – Extreme Events in Climate and Finance

By Frank Ackerman. From Anthem Press: Worst-case scenarios are all too real, and all too common. The financial crisis of 2008 was not the first or the last to destroy jobs, homeownership and the savings of millions of people. Hurricanes clobber communities from New York to Bangladesh. How bad will the next catastrophe be, and … More New Book: Worst-Case Economics – Extreme Events in Climate and Finance

New Book: Beyond Defeat and Austerity – Disrupting (the Critical Political Economy of) Neoliberal Europe

By David J Bailey, Mònica Clua-Losada, Nikolai Huke, Olatz Ribera-Almandoz. From Routledge: Much of the critical discussion of the European political economy and the Eurozone crisis has focused upon a sense that solidaristic achievements built up during the post-war period are being continuously unravelled. Whilst there are many reasons to lament the trajectory of change … More New Book: Beyond Defeat and Austerity – Disrupting (the Critical Political Economy of) Neoliberal Europe

On Venezuela, Democracy, Violence and Neoliberalism

By Matias Vernengo, In Argentina, the right-wing neoliberal agenda eventually dislocated the Kirchner governments in the ballot (when Cristina was not a candidate I should add), but it basically needed to lie about its intentions. Macri said he would not devalue the currency (and reduce real wages), that he would not cut the tax on … More On Venezuela, Democracy, Violence and Neoliberalism

On the Venezuela Crisis

What’s the future of Venezuela and can the country handle this crisis? A panel discussion by the following: Michael Shifter, president of the Inter-American Dialogue Jennifer McCoy, director of the Carter Center’s Americas Program. Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research George Ciccariello-Maher, an associate professor at Drexel University    

Greece has a Private Debt Crisis and We Can Blame the Troika

By Lara Merling, The Greek public debt debacle and the bailout received by the government from the European Central Bank (ECB), the European Commission (EC), and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) – referred to collectively as the “troika” – has been making headlines for years. However, very little attention has been paid to the debt … More Greece has a Private Debt Crisis and We Can Blame the Troika

Reform or Revolution: European Social Democracy and the Roots of the Eurozone Crisis

Pt. 3 of “European Social Democracy and the Roots of the Eurozone Crisis;” see Part 1 here and Part 2 here. By Alejandro Reuss, A deep crisis of global capitalism, its seeds sown in part by a dramatic deregulation of finance, Wolfgang Münchau of the Financial Times notes, would seem tailor-made for a revival of … More Reform or Revolution: European Social Democracy and the Roots of the Eurozone Crisis