In this timely and thought-provoking book, Eckhard Hein illustrates that the Great Recession, which hit the world economy in 2008/09, is rooted in the contradictions of finance-dominated capitalism. The author provides an in-depth exploration of the macroeconomics of finance-dominated capitalism, its problems and its crisis, and presents economic policy lessons and alternatives. In particular, he shows that since the early 1980s, finance-dominated capitalism has affected long-run economic developments via three distinct channels:
* the re-distribution of income at the expense of low labour incomes,
* the dampening of investment in real capital stock,
* and an increasing potential for wealth-based and debt-financed consumption.
The author concludes that against the background of these basic macroeconomic tendencies, increasing instability potentials at the national economy levels and rising current account imbalances at both global and European levels have developed and have contributed to the severity of the Great Recession.
This systematic study of finance-dominated capitalism presented from a macroeconomic perspective will prove a thought-provoking read for academics, researchers, graduate students and economic policy consultants with an interest in macroeconomics, financial economics, economic policies, and distribution and growth.
Eckhard Hein, The Institute for International Political Economy (IPE), Berlin School of Economics and Law, Germany
Contents: Preface 1. Introduction 2. Finance-dominated Capitalism and Re-distribution of Income 3. Finance-dominated Capitalism, Capital Accumulation and Macroeconomic Regimes 4. Finance-dominated Capitalism and Long-run Productivity Growth 5. Finance-dominated Capitalism, Consumption, Household Debt and Instability 6. Finance-dominated Capitalism, Global Imbalances and Crisis 7. Requirements for Income-led Recovery and a Global Keynesian New Deal 8. The European Financial and Economic Crisis: Alternative Solutions from a Post-Keynesian Perspective 9. Summary and Conclusions References Index