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Product Details

  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (March 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 110760916X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1107609167
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,795,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The financial crisis that began in 2008 remains the subject of heated arguments regarding its causes ... This new book, grounded in relevant historical developments and guided by a helpful understanding of bureaucratic politics and the distinctive nature of US governments and guided by a helpful understanding of bureaucratic politics and the distinctive nature of US government, brings a refreshingly balanced perspective to the problem. ... it sheds light on the most basic causes of US financial instability. Summing up: recommended. Upper-division undergraduate, graduate, research, and professional collections."
M. E. Ethridge, Choice

Book Description

Money and Banks in the American Political System argues that the political sources of instability in finance derive from the intersection of market innovation and regulatory arbitrage. This book explores monetary, fiscal, and regulatory policies within a political culture characterized by the separation of business and state, and mistrust of the concentration of power in any one political or economic institution.

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Kathryn C. Lavelle is the Ellen and Dixon Long Professor of World Affairs at Case Western Reserve University. Her research specializes in the politics of finance. The author of three books, she has received fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; American Political Science Association (APSA); and University of Toronto, where she held the inaugural Fulbright Research Chair at the Munk Centre for Global Affairs. As an APSA congressional fellow in the 2006-7 academic year, she worked on the staff of the House Committee on Financial Services.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John D. Holm on May 12, 2013
Format: Paperback
Most writing on the current financial crisis emphasizes the failure of certain policies or the corporate and individual greed driving Wall Street. In contrast, this book emphasizes that federal and state regulatory structures are so structured and empowered (particularly in terms of the complex division of authority) that they are unable to provide effective governance of the financial sector. Indeed, one gets the sense of a wild west where the lawmen are as likely to shoot at each other as targeting the bandits. A good counter to the many analysts who focus primary blame on Wall Street, the President, or one of the political parties.
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By Mary on April 29, 2013
Format: Hardcover
If you want the most current financial/political events of the past several years explained, this is the book to read. Further, few books offer such clear explanations in such well-written prose. This book is for experts as well as average readers--Prof. Lavelle has done an outstanding job and her book needs to be read widely.
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