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Published: 01 September 2012

224 Pages | 20 b/w illustrations

7 1/2 x 9 inches

ISBN: 9780823249619

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The Intellectual Origins of the Global Financial Crisis

Edited by Roger Berkowitz and Taun N. Toay

A Fordham University Press Publication

  • As this volume makes clear, for at least some players in the world of finance, the crash of 2008 shattered basic assumptions framing contemporary financial practice. Or was the crash, as others have argued, just another version of the cycles of boom and bust that have characterized capitalism from its inception? Should one blame the
  • A 2009 conference at the Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College brought together a unique combination of economists, political philosophers who have reflected for decades on capitalism, and actual players in the world of business and finance to work through their thoughts about the deeper origins of the crisis at a time when the shock was still palpable. The editors of this volume have gathered these debates into a volume that, by using a variety of formats such as interviews and roundtables as well as the standard scholarly essay, manages to give equal voice to all its participants.
  • The most important contributors are Hunter Lewis (a big name in finance with a controversial anti-Keynesian position); Liah Greenfeld (author of one of the main competing books, published five years before the crisis); and Tracy Strong (an important voice in political science). Hunter Lewis, Vincent Mai, and Paul Levy are all successful and important businessmen.

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