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The Great Debt Transformation

Households, Financialization, and Policy Responses

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Gregory W. Fuller
    Pages 1-24
  3. Gregory W. Fuller
    Pages 25-52
  4. Gregory W. Fuller
    Pages 53-105
  5. Gregory W. Fuller
    Pages 107-162
  6. Gregory W. Fuller
    Pages 163-209
  7. Gregory W. Fuller
    Pages 211-233
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 235-293

About this book


Global financial markets have transformed over the past three decades – with potentially dangerous results. Growing competitiveness in financial markets has forced banks to adapt – by merging, growing, and innovating. The result has been an unprecedented transformation in the identity of society's borrowers: households and banks are borrowing more, businesses are borrowing relatively less. This "Great Debt Transformation" has profound consequences: as we shift toward economic growth fueled by consumption and financial investment, instability, indebtedness, and inequality have all risen. This book explains this transformation, why it matters, what caused it, and – most importantly – examines how some countries have restrained the transformation underway. Britain, France, and Germany have taken very different approaches to this transformation – and those approaches have resulted in divergent results. This book aims to turn those different results into lessons to help us make sense of the great economic challenges of our time.


International Economics Financial Liberalization Financial Reform Financialization Neoliberalism Financial Crisis Eurozone Crisis European Politics European Economics International Finance Household Finance Debt France Germany Britain consumer Europe growth international economics international finance neoliberalism Policy transformation

About the authors

Gregory Fuller is an Assistant Professor of International Political Economy at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. Previously, he held appointments at Johns Hopkins University, USA, and American University, USA. His background spans Economics, International Finance, and Comparative Politics, and has informed his interdisciplinary analysis of contemporary economic challenges.

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