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The Trouble With Markets: Saving Capitalism from Itself by Roger Bootle

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Preface to the Second Edition

The world again stands at the edge of an abyss. You could not have invented such a scenario if you had been commissioned by a Hollywood film studio to write the script for a financial disaster movie. Across much of the industrial world, before we have recovered from the last recession, it looks as though a new one is about to begin; the banking system is under threat again; several governments are on the verge of default; and the world’s second most important currency, the euro, is facing a possible break-up. In contrast to the first crisis of 2008, global policymakers seem to have run out of both ammunition and ideas. Worse than this, they also appear to have run out of confidence. Yet both financial markets and ...

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