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The Comparative Political Economy of a Crisis

Peter Boettke () and Liya Palagashvili

A chapter in Studies in Austrian Macroeconomics, 2016, vol. 20, pp 235-263 from Emerald Publishing Ltd

Abstract: Abstract During times of economic crises, the public policy response is to abandon basic economic thinking and engage in “emergency economic” policies. We explore how the current financial crisis was in part caused by previous emergency economic measures. We then investigate the theoretical limitations of emergency economic responses. We argue that these responses fail to take into consideration the practical conditions of politics, thereby making them unsuitable to remedy the problems of a crisis. Lastly, we provide a preliminary analysis of the consequences resulting from emergency economic policies initiated in response to the 2008 financial crisis.

Keywords: Financial crisis; political economy; institutional economics; fiscal policy; monetary policy; Keynesian economic policies; E30; H60; H30 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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