The Coming Crisis

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I am republishing the following from Speri (Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute) as a shameless promotion of a book in which I have contribution:

SPERI is delighted to announce the publication of The Coming Crisis, edited by our Director Colin Hay and Policy Research Officer Tom Hunt.

Nearly ten years on from the global financial crisis of 2008, The Coming Crisis seeks to provide a timely warning as to the dangers still present and building in the global economic system.  The new book, published by Palgrave Macmilan, draws on SPERI’s research on the political economy of growth, stagnation, austerity and crisis, placing each in the context of the wider environment crisis.

Fourteen expert political economists each offer their distinct perspectives on the symptoms of the present moment — reflecting and speculating on the extent to which the world economy has become more dangerous and less stable since 2008. The book begins with an introductory essay by Colin Hay and Tom Hunt which reflects on the current sources of disequilibrium and instability and makes the case for a form of prospective precautionary thinking to anticipate and protect ourselves against a coming crisis. Far from being pessimistic, they argue that analysing the sources of future crises should lead us to be more optimistic that dangerous pathologies can be dealt with before they lead to fully fledged crises.

The book explores multiple dimensions of the coming crisis through considering issues such as the post-2008 financial markets, secular stagnation, global labour markets trends, the European migrant crisis, the Eurozone, China’s development and the ecological crisis.

Contributors to the book include Helen Thompson (University of Cambridge), Peter Dauvergne (University of British Columbia), Jacqueline Best (University of Ottawa) Jeremy Green (University of Cambridge), Richard Murphy (City University) and Nicola Phillips (Kings College London). The book also includes contributions from within SPERI’s research team with chapters from Martin Craig, Tony Payne, Genevieve LeBaron, Scott Lavery, Andrew Baker, Matt Bishop, Jonathan Perraton and Andrew Gamble. The book originated in a 2016 SPERI blog series on the coming crisis.

‘The Coming Crisis puts all the bad news in one highly illuminating book, showing just how many challenges we face simultaneously in economics and politics. This is a well-written, highly accessible book with an important warning message that we neglect at our peril.’
–Vivien A. Schmidt, Boston University

‘Our outdated economic models didn’t foresee the last crisis. The social, political and environmental questions The Coming Crisis raises help us understand the next shock and try to avoid it if we can.’
–Gabriela Ramos, OECD Chief of Staff and Sherpa

‘This book explores facet after facet of the coming crisis of the democratic-capitalist social order — a world in which the exception is becoming the rule. Policy remedies are explored, but without papering over the widening gap between the politically necessary and the politically possible.’
–Wolfgang Streeck, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies

‘We confront a decade of disruption. Here is a bold and comprehensive mapping of the challenges, risks — and as importantly, some solutions. Read it!’
–Will Hutton, The Observer and Chair of the Steering Group of the Big Innovation Centre

The book is the latest in SPERI’s book series with Palgrave Macmillan ‘Building a Sustainable Political Economy: SPERI Research and Policy’.

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