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Stabilising an unequal economy?

Public debt, financial regulation and income distribution

"Schriftenreihe des Forschungsnetzwerk Makroökonomie und Makropolitik (FMM)"  · Band 14

432 Seiten ·  29,80 EUR (inklusive MwSt. und Versand)
ISBN 978-3-89518-878-7 (Oktober 2011 )


The macroeconomic stabilisation policies which were put in place in most countries hit by the financial and economic crisis of 2008 - 09 have been successful in preventing a great depression. Economic policy has witnessed a certain "return of Keynesianism" (see, e.g., Dullien et al. 2010), but it is a strange sort of Keynesianism. Hyman Minsky's (1986 [2008]) famous question of how to "stabilise an unstable economy" in the light of "financial fragility" is still the burning question of our time. Minsky's answer to the question was "big government". Keynes's vision was one of not merely stabilising the economy, but also one of creating a more equal society. However, this is not what Keynesian, anti-cyclical policies are aiming at today.

With the crisis the 'efficient market' consensus in academia and politics has begun to crack. There has been, at least so it appeared for a few months, a new consensus in economic policy that financial markets need to be tightly regulated and that under some conditions discretionary stabilisation policies can be necessary in the face of negative aggregate demand shocks. But if there is to be veritable "return of Keynesianism", it will require more thorough revisions and in particular a rethinking of the role of inequality, which, as many argue, contributed importantly to the global crisis.

In light of these remaining global problems, unequal national economic outlooks, and the return of the austerity policies, the initial success of the stabilisation policies put in place since 2008 - 09 may turn out to be insufficient. This raises the following questions: Are the present policies merely stabilising an unsustainable accumulation regime based on income polarisation and the dominance of financial markets? What are the economic and political implications of rising public debt? How can financial regulation contribute to stability as well as equity? These questions are addressed, among others, in this book.

Torsten Niechoj, Özlem Onaran, Engelbert Stockhammer, Achim Truger and Till van Treeck

I. Structural causes of and solutions to the crisis

Financialisation, re-distribution, and the financial and economic crisis - a Kaleckian perspective
Eckhard Hein

An analysis of the causes of the 'Great Recession' and some policy implications
Philip Arestis and Elias Karakitsos

The panorama of the crisis in Europe
Riccardo Bellofiore and Joseph Halevi

II. How to deal with the rise in public debt after the crisis?

An alternative approach to the problem of the public debt
Claudio Sardoni

Is the US on an unsustainable path? Lessons from the past as detailed by Reinhart and Rogoff
Randall Wray and Yeva Nersisyan

Progressive approaches to budget deficits
Malcolm Sawyer

Growth-friendly fiscal consolidation
Franz Nauschnigg

EU public finances in the crisis
Catherine Mathieu and Henri Sterdyniak

Strengthening the automatic stabilisers in Europe: Why, what and how
Andrew Watt

III. Financial markets and regulation

Re-regulating finance
Robert Guttmann

Central bank swaps and joint exchange rate interventions rescued global finance in 1982-85, again in 2006? 09. Historical, laboratory and theoretical evidence for a single currency
Robin Pope and Reinhard Selten

IV. Wages and inequality

Financial crisis and gender inequality
Helene Schuberth

Financialisation, corporate governance and income distribution in the U.S. and Germany: Introducing an adjusted wage share indicator
Petra Dünhaupt

From rags to riches? Intergenerational transmission of income in the European Union
Matthias Schnetzer and Wilfried Altzinger

Wages in the crisis - update
Rory O'Farrell

V. Long-run alternatives to an unstable and unequal economy

Keynes in the long run: Growth with unlimited supplies of labour
Stephen Marglin

Ecological economics and economic growth
Peter A. Victor

Die Autoren
Prof. Dr. Achim Truger
Achim Truger

Professor für Volkswirtschaftslehre an der Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht, Berlin.

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Prof. Dr. Torsten Niechoj
Torsten Niechoj

Hochschule Rhein-Waal, Fakultät Kommunikation und Umwelt. Zuvor: Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Institut für Makroökonomie und Konjunkturforschung (IMK) in der Hans-Böckler-Stiftung.

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Engelbert Stockhammer
Engelbert Stockhammer

King's College London

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Özlem Onaran
Özlem Onaran

Assistant Professor at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Institute of Labour Economies, Austria.

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Prof. Dr. Till van Treeck
Till van Treeck

ist Professor für Sozialökonomie an der Universität Duisburg- Essen. Er ist Mitglied der Koordinierungsgruppe des Forschungsnetzwerks Makroökonomie und Makropolitik (FMM) und der Redaktion des European Journal of Economics and Economic Policies (EJEEP). Seine Forschungsinteressen sind Einkommensverteilung, makroökonomische Theorie und Wirtschaftspolitik

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