Fixing Capitalism

Will tighter rules prevent another global economic crisis?

  • By:Peter Behr
  • Content Type: Report
  • Publisher: CQ Press
    • Publication year: 2009
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Signs of life in stock markets around the globe stirred hopes this spring that the world may have dodged a catastrophic financial bullet. But a long, hard road to recovery lies ahead, experts say, and the casualties of the meltdown are still being counted. Chief among them is the version of laissez-faire, self-policing market capitalism that held sway for a quarter-century. That model crashed in 2008 after raging global speculation in volatile, debt-financed securities raced through the poorly regulated “shadow” banking system that links financial centers in the United States, Europe and Asia. “Freewheeling capitalism” is dead, concludes British Finance Minister Alistair Darling. But a debate has just begun over what might take its place. World leaders have assembled for summit meetings. Studies have flown ...

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