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Macroeconomic Policy and the Future of Capitalism: The Revenge of the Rentiers and the Threat to Prosperity

Macroeconomic Policy and the Future of Capitalism: The Revenge of the Rentiers and the Threat to Prosperity (Paperback)

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Macroeconomic Policy and the Future of Capitalism addresses the revolution in macroeconomic policy of the last quarter of the twentieth century and the movement away from concerns with employment and growth in favour of financial variables such as inflation and exchange rates.



John Smithin argues that this `financial reaction' in macroeconomic policy is the result of a distinct shift in political power in favour of financial or `rentier' interests, and away from both labour and manufacturing business. The outcome is a regime in which the real rate of return to financial capital is persistently higher than it was in the relatively prosperous years between the end of World War II and the mid-1970s, but economic performance is persistently worse. Professor Smithin recommends drastic changes in attitude, in particular in the conduct of monetary policy, if a more secure prosperity is to be restored in the 21st century.



Macroeconomic Policy and the Future of Capitalism is an accessible, highly readable account of macroeconomic policy in the industrial nations which cuts through the complex mathematics and obscure jargon of most books on economics to deal with real issues.

BusinessEconomicsMacroeconomics Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd Publication Date: 01/01/1996 ISBN-13: 9781852787455  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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John Smithin, Professor of Economics, Department of Economics and the Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto, Canada

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