Trade Wars Are Class Wars: How Rising Inequality Distorts the Global Economy and Threatens International Peace (Hardback)
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Trade Wars Are Class Wars: How Rising Inequality Distorts the Global Economy and Threatens International Peace (Hardback)

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Hardback 288 Pages
Published: 23/06/2020

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Longlisted for the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award 2020

A provocative look at how today's trade conflicts are caused by governments promoting the interests of elites at the expense of workers

Trade disputes are usually understood as conflicts between countries with competing national interests, but as Matthew C. Klein and Michael Pettis show, they are often the unexpected result of domestic political choices to serve the interests of the rich at the expense of workers and ordinary retirees. Klein and Pettis trace the origins of today's trade wars to decisions made by politicians and business leaders in China, Europe, and the United States over the past thirty years.

Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300244175
Number of pages: 288
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

“The authors weave a complex tapestry of monetary, fiscal and social policies through history and offer opinions about what went right and what went wrong . . . Worth reading for their insights into the history of trade and finance.”—George Melloan, Wall Street Journal"This is a very important book."—Martin Wolf, Financial Times"[O]ffers a deeper argument about the source of the trouble”—Economist“Matthew Klein and Michael Pettis have successfully woven a grand narrative linking income inequality, geopolitics, trade, finance and even environmental issues.”—Maximilian Kärnfelt, Merics China Briefing Newsletter“[A]s Matthew Klein and Michael Pettis argue in their brilliant polemic Trade Wars Are Class Wars, industrial policy instruments are only part of the story.”—Adam Tooze, London Review of Books“An eagle-eyed perspective on the global economy, underpinned by close analysis and a remarkable clarity of exposition. The book is a terrific survey of the forces behind today’s global trade tensions and imbalances”.—Ann Pettifor, Times Literary Supplement“A well-written, highly recommended, and thought-provoking book”—Ian Bright, Reading Room for the Society of Professional Economists“This timely analysis should be of interest to policymakers as well as to scholars in economics, political science and international relations.”—Luqman Saeed, Journal of Peace Research“Trade Wars are Class Wars is a tale of three economies, China, Germany and the US…It’s a terrific book.”—The Enlightened EconomistWinner of the Lionel Gelber Prize, sponsored by Munk Centre for International Studies“Trade Wars are Class Wars is a must-read from two of the most astute commentators on the global economy. Klein and Pettis offer an essential analysis of how domestic inequality and international conflict are interlinked, and provide an answer to the crisis of globalization.”—Adam Tooze, author of Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World“An erudite, original, and provocative explanation of the global economic imbalances that have been at the root of numerous financial crises.”—Ernesto Zedillo, Director of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization"This is a book that everyone concerned with the global economy should read. A fascinating account of the damage that rising inequality—especially in China and Germany—has done to all our economies"—Dani Rodrik, Harvard University

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