"This book will become a classic for those who want to learn what was behind the global financial crisis -- not just what went wrong, but why current reforms won't work. Most important, it offers guidelines to prevent the next crisis by forcing regulators, the Guardians of Finance, to work for the public interest rather than for narrow elites."--Nouriel Roubini, Co-Founder and Chairman, Roubini Global Economics
"This book involves a strongly, even passionately, argued attack on financial regulators for having made a mess of financial regulation, prior to 2007. It is beautifully written, and very well designed to achieve a wide audience of readers who are interested in the crisis, but are not necessarily themselves expert. It is based on great academic expertise, but wears its deep scholarship lightly, with no maths and no equations."--Charles Goodhart, London School of Economics
"There have been plenty of books on the financial crisis. But this one is different. While acknowledging that private financiers did plenty of damage, the authors shine the spotlight on regulators across the world. They argue that the crisis did not just happen to policymakers, it happened because of them, and offer careful and well-reasoned arguments to support their case. Guardians of Finance should be read by everyone interested in the future of free enterprise."--Raghuram G. Rajan, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
"Financial crises are not in the interests of bankers, regulators, or politicians. Yet all three groups did nothing as the U.S. financial system headed over a cliff. Why didn't they act? Why did their counterparts in other countries, such as Ireland and Iceland, also stick their heads in the sand? Is there a way to prevent the next crisis, or do we have to rely on the same groups that brought us the ongoing disaster of 2007? Read this meticulously researched and clearly argued book, and learn the answers."--Stephen Haber, Stanford University
"This is a timely, well-written, and nontechnical book by established experts in the field."--R.Grossman, Choice
"For those involved in policy formulation and regulation, whether at national or international level, in government or financial institutions, this is compulsory reading." -- Richard Parlour, Central Banking Journal
About the Author
James R. Barth is Lowder Eminent Scholar in Finance at Auburn University and Senior Finance Fellow at the Milken Institute.
Gerard Caprio Jr. is William Brough Professor of Economics and Chair of the Center for Development Economics at Williams College.
Ross Levine is the Willis H. Booth Chair in Banking and Finance at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.