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  • Paperback: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Searching Finance Ltd; First Edition edition (30 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907720286
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907720284
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 460,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Conventional economists have run out of ideas. But Richard Murphy abounds with them.He writes with electric clarity about what went wrong and what could be done to put things right. He is a new economic thinker, and guided by a sharp and practical accountant's eye he knows where the money is hidden, who has it and how to release it. Murphy is is as courageous as he says our politicians should be." --Polly Toynbee, The Guardian

Rich individuals, corporations, well-funded special interest groups and much of Fleet Street is on one (the wrong) side and then there is Richard Murphy..the heroic figure. Tireless and forensic, driven by an admirable moral fervour, I take my hat off to a campaigner with Duracell batteries --Kevin Maguire, Sunday Mirror

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What is the Courageous State?

The Courageous State is Richard Murphy's vision of a country in which politicians strive to give everyone the chance to achieve their potential.

So what's the book about?

Three things. First, it says that neoliberalism has given us feeble politicians who think anything they do will be worse than the market outcome, so they do little or nothing. They fail us as a result.

Second, it argues that this is wrong and a whole raft of new economic thinking from Richard shows why.

And third, it contains a whole range of economic policy proposals that Courageous politicians could adopt to get us out of the neoliberal mess we're in.

Why buy it now?

Because everyone says that we're living in a world where there are no alternative ideas to counter neoliberalism - and now there are lots of them, all wrapped up in The Courageous State.

Who is Richard Murphy?

Richard is a chartered accountant, political economist, adviser to the TUC, PCS, The Tax Justice Network and others, and the person who put the Tax Gap on the UK policy agenda. He's also well known for his Tax Research UK blog - now ranked the number 1 economics blog in the UK.

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