Things Fall Apart: From the Crash of 2008 to the Great Slump

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The crash of 2008, when financial markets came to a standstill, has had profound effects that are still being felt globally. Five years after those dramatic events, countries such as Greece, Spain, Italy, Portugal, and Cyprus are still reeling from the aftereffects of the financial crash, while the USA and the UK continue to be in the grip of a long slump.

The crash exposed criminal swindles and the more rampant risky practices that have become the norm with the major banks. It has also revealed the failure of policy to curb unbridled risk taking with other people’s money and the failure of policy-makers and economists to see the signs of the inevitable collapse.

This book goes further to penetrate the fog of finance and explore the structure and balance of class forces that led to the crisis and its unfolding consequences. The author places the crisis in both historical and global perspectives through comparisons with the Great Depression and the focus on elaborating the role of the hegemony of the dollar over the international financial system. She argues that the crisis is as much a crisis of the neoliberal model of accumulation that finance launched as it is of the mechanisms by which dollar hegemony was preserved.

This book provides an accessible point of entry to the literature on the crisis and its aftermath. It lays out a rich empirically grounded analysis of both the structural causes and the continuing repercussions of the crash of financial markets in 2008.

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Ramaa Vasudevan is an Associate Professor at the Department of Economics, Colorado State University. She earlier held a vis­iting position at Barnard College, Columbia University. Before embarking on a PhD on Trade Finance and Uneven Development at the New School of Social Research, she also taught for many years at PGDAV College at Delhi University.

While her earlier research in India studied the transformation of labor markets in the colonial agrarian economy (a case study of two districts in Eastern UP), she is now focused on exploring the political economy of money and finance. She has written numer­ous articles in various journals including the Cambridge Journal of Economics, Review of Radical Political Economics, Monthly Review, and Economic and Political Weekly and has contributed chapters in Global Economic and Financial Crisis: Essays from Economic and Political Weekly and Globalization and Develop­ment: A Handbook of New Perspectives.

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[The book] captures the financial crash of 2008 and its aftermath even while holding reader’s attention and not compromising on academic rigour...the accompanying graphs and figures are clearly presented lending more punch to the text. The publisher has thoughtfully placed the text and related graphs on the same page to provide a smooth reading experience. The block diagram describing the structure of complex financial instruments will appeal to a wider audience...the prose is easy and book moves at a racy pace. Author: Business Line Published On: 2013-11-15

An accessible, engaging and comprehensive discussion of the structural roots of crash of 2008 and its aftermath...historical and political perspective, rich economic analysis and empirical grounding are the strengths of this book, lively and literary style stays throughout the book.... A very welcome effort in more ways than one.

Author: Economic & Political weekly, Vol 49, 8 March 2014

A very welcome effort...it is a book that needs to be read not just by our S&T policy developers and administrators, but also civilian industry leaders and government policy makers as also their defence counterparts.

Author: South Asian Economic Journal

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