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Global Financial Crisis

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Soaring capital flows, a debt-based consumer culture and unbalanced trade between countries all contributed to the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. The question now is whether governments follow a 'business as usual' model based on self-interest and inequality, or one that promotes equitable development based on moral and social principles.

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The Root of Europe's Riots

Given recent changes in the IMF, it is ironic to see European governments inflicting old-IMF-style programmes on their own populations. The danger is that austerity measures will not only kill European economies, but also threaten the very legitimacy of European democracies, writes Ha-Joon Chang.

Statement on Transforming Finance Based on Life's Principles

Financial experts, warning of future crises, call for re-affirming finance as a global commons, first recognized at Bretton Woods in 1945. The Transforming Finance group, as beneficiaries and active participants in global capital markets, affirm their responsibility to reform finance in a signed statement.

Revisiting the Stiglitz Commission Report

The Commission of Experts of the UN General Assembly President in 2009, chaired by the Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, presented its report to the UN but little of its recommendations were followed up. Below is an extract of a paper that summarises and comments on the Commission’s report, by Yash Tandon.

A Manifesto for Economic Sense

The economic lessons of the 1930s need not be repeated. Two of the world's leading economists say the time is ripe for a Manifesto in which mainstream economists offer the public a more evidence-based analysis of our problems. By Richard Layard and Paul Krugman.

Be Outraged: Austerity isn't Working

Austerity measures are bad economics, bad arithmetic, and ignore the lessons of history. But there are alternatives – for Britain, Europe and all countries that currently imagine that government cutbacks are the only way out of debt. A book by Oxfam.

What is Austerity, and Why Should We Care?

Historically, austerity has always hit hardest on those who have the most to lose: the rich and powerful. Today’s austerity has reversed that historic pattern — and widened the gap between society’s most financially fortunate and everyone else. By Salvatore Babone.

The Global Financial Crisis: The Beginning of the End of the “Development” Agenda?

The financial crisis is likely to reinforce a shift in the prevailing model of capitalism in developing countries, away from orthodoxy or so-called market fundamentalism. But will the financial crisis be a trigger for a new twenty-first-century approach to collective action on global problems? A report by Nancy Birdsall.

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