American Capitalism: The Concept of Countervailing Power by J K Galbraith

American Capitalism: The Concept of Countervailing Power by J K Galbraith

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This brought about a quick staggering change in personal fortunes. 1 Interest rates, the price of oil, inflation and the housing market Notes: Inflation and interest rates are plotted on the right-hand access. Sources: HM Treasury Pocket Book Data Series (various years); HM Revenue and Customs Annual Receipts (monthly values, thousands). com - Trial Access - PalgraveConnect - 2013-11-01 36 From Bubble Burst to Austerity 25 20 15 10 5 0 –5 –10 –15 –20 –25 1990 6 4 2 0 –2 Output growth House price inflation earner living in the average home was seeing a wealth effect associated with house price inflation equivalent to three quarters of their pretax annual average earnings.

Brown in particular played a key role in setting the tone and temper of what proved a perhaps surprisingly coordinated international response. Indeed, that it is even possible to suggest the public rescue of the global banking system from the precipice marks the return to an era of Keynesian economics owes much to the influence of Brown himself (Krugman 2008: 185). But that does not make it true. Though we did not see the return of the Keynesian economic paradigm, we did see something very interesting – and strangely reminiscent of economic policy-making, at least in Britain, in the mid to late 1970s.

Com - Trial Access - PalgraveConnect - 2013-11-01 28 29 In the context of an ageing population and with the projected steep decline in the per capita value of public pensions, asset-based welfare provided a means of squaring an increasingly slippery welfare circle. But the problem was that the stable and predictable asset appreciation on which it rested was, like the Anglo-liberal growth model itself, dependent on easy access to credit and the persistence of a low inflation–low interest rate equilibrium.

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