Losing Control : The Emerging Threats to Western Prosperity

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  • Copyright: 2010-06-15
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
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As the economic giants of Asia and elsewhere have awakened, Western leaders have increasingly struggled to maintain economic stability. The international financial crisis that began in 2007 is but one result of the emerging nations' increased gravitational pull. In this vividly written and compellingly argued book, Stephen D. King, the global chief economist at HSBC, one of the largest banking groups in the world, suggests that the decades ahead will see a major redistribution of wealth and power across the globe that will force consumers in the United States and Europe to stop living beyond their means. The tide of money washing in from emerging nations has already fuelled the recent property bubble in the West, while new patterns of trade have left the West increasingly dependent on risky financial services. Unless things change drastically, King argues, the increasing power of emerging markets, when coupled with poor internal regulation and an increasingly anachronistic system of global governance, will result in greater instability and income inequality, accompanied by the risk of a major dollar decline. And as Western populations age and emerging economies develop further, the social and political consequences may be alarming to citizens who have grown accustomed to living in prosperity.

Author Biography

Stephen D. King is HSBC's Group Chief Economist and the bank's global head of economics and asset allocation research. Since 2001, Stephen has been writing a weekly column for the London Independent. In 2007, he became a member of the European Central Bank Shadow Council, and most recently became a member of the Financial Times Economists' Forum. In his spare time, he plays the piano.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. vii
Prefacep. xi
Scarcity and History
Wimbledon, the Olympics and Scarcityp. 3
The Secrets of Western Successp. 25
Broken Economic Barometers
The Pleasures and Perils of Tradep. 47
International Roulette: Anarchy in Capital Marketsp. 67
Price Stability Brings Economic Instabilityp. 93
The Return of Political Economy
Haves and Have-notsp. 125
Who Controls What? The Rise of State Capitalismp. 149
Running out of Workersp. 173
Great Power Games
Indulging the US No Morep. 199
Copying with the West's Diminished Statusp. 217
Conclusionp. 239
Notesp. 247
Select Bibliographyp. 259
Indexp. 263
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