Economic Ideas and the Political Construction of the Financial Crash of 2008

Andrew Baker, Geoffrey R. D. Underhill

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This article is a short introduction to a special section on economic ideas and the political construction of the financial crash. It begins by explaining why economic ideas and the politics of appeals to certain ideas are so integral to the historical significance of the crash of 2008 and the question of whether it can be considered a crash at all. The first section covers the literature on ideas and economic crisis. The second section highlights that the contribution of the special section is to engage in a stock taking exercise of the empirical and conceptual patterns concerning the politics of ideational change underway in the areas of: comparative fiscal policy; monetary policy and Euro zone debt management; capital controls; and financial and securities market regulation and standard setting. The final section outlines the structure of this special section and content of the individual articles.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)381-90
Number of pages10
JournalBritish Journal of Politics and International Relations
Issue number3
Early online date07 Jul 2015
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2015

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  • Social Sciences(all)

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