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The lies we were told

Five years of austerity and brexit politics as it happened

Published

1 Nov 2018

Page count

240 pages

ISBN

978-1447350033

Dimensions

216 x 148 mm

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Published

1 Nov 2018

Page count

240 pages

ISBN

978-1447350040

Dimensions

216 x 148 mm

Imprint

The Policy Press
£14.99 £11.99You save £3.00 (20%)
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    Why did governments adopt austerity policies, and why were they so harmful? Why did the media largely ignore the majority of experts who opposed these policies, and allow politicians to get away with lies? And why did voters choose Brexit when the economic consensus was that it would harm living standards?

    Simon Wren-Lewis, winner of the SPERI/New Statesman Prize for Political Economy, is one of Britain’s most respected economists. Since 2012, his widely-read Mainly Macro blog has been an influential resource for policymakers, academics and social commentators around the world. This book presents some of his most important work, telling the story of how the damaging political and economic events of recent years became inevitable.

    With new material including a preface by Nobel prize-winner Paul Krugman, these dispatches from the front-line serve as an essential guide to some of the most important economic and political issues facing us today, and as a warning to avert future disasters on this scale.

    Simon Wren-Lewis is Emeritus Professor of Economics and Fellow at Merton College, Oxford and author of the widely read Mainly Macro blog. In 2015 he was invited to join the Labour Party’s Economic Advisory Committee, and in 2016 he won the SPERI/New Statesman Prize for Political Economy.

    Introduction;

    UK austerity;

    The Eurozone crisis;

    An economist’s perspective on political issues and events;

    The 2015 general election;

    The transformation of the Labour Party;

    Brexit;

    Economics and the media;

    Neoliberalism;

    The role of economists in policy-making.

    “This is a book you should read, for understanding what went wrong in the past is our only hope of doing better in the future.” Paul Krugman, Nobel prize-winner, from the Preface