The book aims to give non-economists a detailed understanding of how macroeconomic policy works in modern economies, and the issues it faces. The world has recently been through a huge economic crisis and thinking people everywhere have reason to wonder whether something is not seriously wrong with the policy regimes underlying these dramatic events in the major economies, and whether changes should be made. The author reviews the history of the successive regimes tried and found wanting in the second half of the last century and proposes a set of reforms designed to convert the flawed neo-liberal consensus of the 1990s into a durable regime for the present century.
Christopher Taylor is a Visiting Fellow at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, London. He worked as an economist at the Bank of England for 20 years until 1994, including a secondment as UK Alternate Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund, Washington DC, 1981-3. Since 2008 he has been a lecturer and tutor for the MBA elective course on International Macroeconomics at the Judge Business School, Cambridge, where he is an Honorary Fellow.
1. Introduction: To Utopia and Back 2. The Demise of Economic Management 3. The Monetarist Experiment and its Legacy 4. The 1990s Synthesis 5. Problems under the 1990s Synthesis 6. The Global Financial Crisis 7. Monetary Policy 8. Fiscal Policy 9. Exchange Rate Policy 10. Review and Assesment