Debt or Democracy: Public Money for Sustainability and Social Justice (Paperback)Mary Mellor (author)
Debt or Democracy debunks the received lessons of the financial crisis of 2007. Political elites shout about a house whose finances are in disarray; a 'yawning deficit' created by reckless spending in a bloated public sector. The answer to this 'debt crisis' has been harsh austerity measures - but this is a dangerously deceptive discourse.
Turning against the prevalent narrative, with its language of 'debt' and 'deficit', Mellor takes on the familiar question - 'where does money come from?'. The real solution is a return to the notion of public wealth and the public economy; of a monetary system owned by, and operated in the interests of, the majority.
Publisher: Pluto Press
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 280 g
Dimensions: 215 x 135 x 15 mm
'Demonstrates the need to change the way in which money is created, in order to stop the private sector undermining the public sector and enable a shift to an economy that is environmentally sustainable and socially just. Fresh, clear and incisive' -- Andrew Sayer, Professor of Social Theory and Political Economy at Lancaster University
'Prospering without growth requires reclaiming the creation of money from private banks. Now that even the likes of the IMF and the Bank of England entertain the idea of public money, how money is to be made public is as important as ever. And Mary Mellor's book has the right answers' -- Giorgos Kallis, ICREA Professor, ICTA, Autonomous University of Barcelona and Leverhulme Visiting Professor, SOAS
'An insightful and thought-provoking analysis. This book clearly shows why a monetary system based on debt inevitably leads to crisis' -- Ben Dyson, Positive Money
'Original and thought-provoking ... This well-researched study will interest anyone wanting to understand our current economic problems in order to take further action' -- Peace News
'Debt or Democracy will surely enhance her reputation as a radical socialist academic' -- Socialist Review
'This book deserves to be widely read and deeply considered ... I heartily recommend this book' -- Peace News
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