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The Problem with Banks [Paperback]

Timothy J. Sinclair , Lena Rethel

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10 May 2012 1848139381 978-1848139381 1
Banks of all sorts are troubled institutions. The cost of public bail-outs associated with the subprime crisis in the United States alone may be as high as US$2 trillion. What is the problem with banks? Why do they seem to be at the centre of economic and financial turmoil down through the ages? In this provocative and timely book, Sinclair and Rethel seek answers to these questions, arguing that banks suffer from perennial problems, and that developments in the financial markets and government in recent decades have simply exacerbated these issues. ----- The Problem With Banks examines banking activity in America, Asia and Europe, and how specific historical circumstances have transformed banks' behaviour and attitude to risk. While many see government as a constraint on banks, Sinclair and Rethel argue that what governments do in terms of regulation shapes banks and their motivations, as can be seen in the shortcomings of current reform proposals. Instead, more far-reaching, alternative ways of regulating and shaping banks are needed. ----- A concise, essential overview of a pressing global issue.

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'Rethel and Sinclair's book is far more than an excellent primer on banks and the recent financial crisis. It outlines a practical vision of what steps would be needed for an alternative banking system and how the state would play a crucial role in forging such a system.' Robert O'Brien, Professor and Chair, Political Science, McMaster University "The Problem with Banks' is a timely reminder of why we need to have a responsible political debate about banks and what they do. Sinclair and Rethel explain how the role of banks has changed beyond recognition over the past several decades, and help us to decipher these changes in a clear and accessible style. I highly recommend it as a tonic for anyone who wants to understand and participate in the debate about the future of banks.' Randall Germain, Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science Carleton University --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Lena Rethel is Lecturer in Global Politics at the University of Southampton. She previously taught International Relations, International Political Economy and East Asian Politics at the universities of Warwick, Birmingham and Oxford Brookes. ----- Timothy J. Sinclair is Associate Professor of International Political Economy at the University of Warwick. In 2001/2002 he was a visiting scholar at Harvard University. His research is concerned with the politics of global finance and theories of global governance. The paperback edition of his book, The New Masters of Capital: American Bond Rating Agencies and the Politics of Creditworthiness, was published by Cornell University Press in 2008.

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