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- Listening Length: 20 hours and 21 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 4 Mar. 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00IS83DE6
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Fragile by Design: The Political Origins of Banking Crises and Scarce Credit Audio Download – Unabridged
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We have recently learnt the hard way that banks (or the financial sector in general) are a special and important part of our economies. This book highlights how and why. Banks are central to the needs of all governments and their populations, while at the same time the nature of the countries politics and government are key to how that countries banking system develops and behaves. This does not apply to the same degree to any other non state sector of industry or commerce.
A concept of "bargains" made between banks and governments alongside other sectors of society, can at first come across as a bit of an esoteric pet academic theory. But the more you read, the more you realise it is in fact a very effective way of describing the shabby and messy reality of how this codependency and co-evolution between banks and their host countries happen.
For the main body of the book they create a collection of insightful and instructive case studies, or I would say banking fables, based on the situations and histories of a variety of countries. In common with the best kind of economic history writing, so many times I was left thinking things like: Yes of course that is why Brazil had high inflation; Yes, of course that is how banks and autocratic governments would rub along together; Yes, of course that is how that group would have bargained given that situation. You get the picture.
The authors fall neither into the outraged banker bashing camp, or the stubborn 'there is no alternative' free market camp.Read more ›
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