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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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G20 Leaders to Global South: "Stimulate This!"

Was the UN summit on the world economic crisis a wasted opportunity or a historic step toward global economic governance? What’s clear is that the G20 seems to be engineering another ‘lost decade of development’ for poor nations, argues James B. Quilligan.

Economic Recovery: Green Shoots or Yellow Weeds?

Claims of ‘green shoots' in the global economy are misleading and mask the severe impact of the downturn on poverty and food security in poor countries. Governments can counteract this unfolding humanitarian crisis by prioritising economic equality at this year's international summits. By STWR.

Crisis in the Real Economy

Rather than the commonly blamed US housing bubble, the real cause of the financial crisis was a systemic imbalance between supply and demand. Until businesses raise their workers' wages at the same rate as productivity, economic recovery remains unlikely, says Pranav Bihari.

Beyond the London Summit

As international attention turns towards a major conference to discuss the global financial crisis, a coalition of NGOs calls upon governments to invest in green technology, protect the poor, and deliver a resource transfer from North to South to promote truly sustainable development. By Put People First.

Wanted: Alternative Banking System

Despite the lessons of the financial crisis, policymakers seem intent on returning to business as usual. The time has come for civil society and grassroots movements to create a shared identity in promoting alternative financial institutions, argues Sargon Nissan.

The True Origins of the Financial Crisis

The root cause of the financial crisis is not to be found in hedge funds and greedy bankers, but rather in a more fundamental social problem - huge inequalites in income distribution, argues Branko Milanovic.

The Quiet Coup

A whole generation of policy makers has been mesmerised by Wall Street - an illusion that even extended to finance and economics professors. We now face a crisis that could be worse than the Great Depression, says former IMF chief economist Simon Johnson.

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