The Architecture of Collapse: The Global System in the 21st Century

The Architecture of Collapse: The Global System in the 21st Century

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Why are there so many crises in the world? Is it true that the global system is today riskier and more dangerous than in past decades? Do we have any tools at our disposal to bring these problems under control, to reduce the global systems proneness to instability?These are the tantalizing questions addressed in this book. Using a variety of demographic, economic, financial, social, and political indicators, the book demonstrates that the global system has indeed become an architecture of collapse subject to a variety of shocks. An analysis of the global financial crisis of 2008, the bilateral relationship between the U.S. and China, and the European sovereign debt crisis illustrates how the complexity and tight coupling of system components creates asituation of precarious stability and periodic disruption. This state of affairs can only be improved by enhancing the shock-absorbing components of the system, especially the capacity of states and governments to act, and by containing the shock-diffusing mechanisms. In particular, those related to phenomena such as trade imbalances, portfolio investment, cross-border banking, population ageing, and income and wealth inequality.... aging AIG 92, 101 bailout 90a€“1 credit derivatives 84 anocracies 37 checks and balances 39 Apple Co 56 Arab Spring 32, ... Kenneth 109 Australia, domestic value added to its exports 56 authoritarian regimes 34 Babb, Sarah L. 169 balance of ... Nicole Woolsey 5 Bitcoin, as possible reserve currency 123a€“5 Black Friday (1997) 95 Black Monday (1987) 95 Blider, ... account deficit (2013) 54 domestic value added to its exports 56 income inequality 70, 71 Bretton Woods system 109, anbsp;...

Title:The Architecture of Collapse: The Global System in the 21st Century
Author: Mauro F. Guillén
Publisher:OUP Oxford - 2015-10-22

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