The End of the Free Market: Who Wins the War Between States and Corporations?

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Understanding the rise of state capitalism and its threat to global free markets

The End of the Free Market details the growing phenomenon of state capitalism, a system in which governments drive local economies through ownership of market-dominant companies and large pools of excess capital, using them for political gain. This trend threatens America's competitive edge and the conduct of free markets everywhere.

An expert on the intersection of economics and politics, Ian Bremmer has followed the rise of state-owned firms in China, Russia, the Arab states of the Persian Gulf, Iran, Venezuela, and elsewhere. He demonstrates the growing challenge that state capitalism will pose for the entire global economy.

Among the questions addressed: Are we on the brink of a new kind of Cold War, one that pits competing economic systems in a battle for dominance? Can free market countries compete with state capitalist powerhouses over relations with countries that have elements of both systems-like India, Brazil, and Mexico? Does state capitalism have staying power?

This guide to the next big global economic trend includes useful insights for investors, business leaders, policymakers, and anyone who wants to understand important emerging changes in international politics and the global economy.

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…a solid primer on the emergence of state capitalism, its operation in countries such as Algeria, Ukraine and India, and "how it threatens free markets and the future of the global economy."
—The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly
“The power of the state is back,” announces Bremmer (The Fat Tail), president of the Eurasia Group, in this sobering examination of the threat the emerging powers of China, Russia, and Saudi Arabia pose to the free market. The book presents a whirlwind history of capitalism from mercantilism through the end of the cold war to the ascendancy of “state capitalism,” a political and economic arrangement in which states exert their influence over markets and big business to serve their own interests. Bremmer provides informative case studies of economies with varying degrees of state control: Algeria's authoritarian regime, Mexico's relatively open and democratic system, and China, the “leading practitioner of state capitalism,” in which Beijing has assumed only more economic power in the wake of the financial crisis. He weighs how free market economies can compete and concludes on a hopeful note, laying out a powerful case for the superiority of regulated free markets above state capitalism and a clear prescription for how the U.S. can defend its competitive advantage in the future. (May)
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  • ISBN-13: 9781591843016
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/13/2010
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.34 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian Bremmer is president of Eurasia Group, the world's leading global political risk research and consulting firm. He has written for The Wal lStreet Journal, The Washington Post, Newsweek, and Foreign Affairs. His most recent books include The J Curve and The Fat Tail. He lives in New York City and Washington, D.C.

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  • Posted June 25, 2010

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    My Review of The End of the Free Market by Ian Bremmer

    This book carefully describes the rise, influence, and possible eventual dire consequences arising from the activities of the many government-controlled business enterprises being operated around the world for the benefit of the politicians in charge. The problems encountered by free-market publicly-owned corporations, when they compete with these government-controlled businesses, are described and analyzed. And the author provides some ideas as to what can be done to mitigate some of the bad things that are happening to restrict access to markets, labor, and products.
    In many ways, this book reminds me of political-economic textbooks I read in school, but it covers capitalism and markets from a fresh, current events viewpoint. I read the book because I wanted to learn more about how these state-controlled companies are being manipulated for political purposes. I learned a lot that helpe me understand more about what is really going on in the world.

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    No truce appears to be on the horizon in the battle between government control and free markets.

    No truce appears on the horizon in the battle between government control and free markets, a conflict that has intensified in the aftermath of the 2008-2009 recession. Political strategist Ian Bremmer examines the differing models of "state capitalism" that have gained ground in emerging economies around the world. Using varying levels of political control, countries such as China, Russia and Saudi Arabia are adapting the capitalist scenario to their particular situations and needs, thereby presenting obstacles to a fair fight with Western businesses. While decrying the unfair advantage governments bring to successful emerging economies, Bremmer concedes that free markets alone can't solve all society's issues, and he advocates for "better government, not less government." getAbstract recommends this thorough, cogent study to global business executives looking to understand and compete in state-capitalist countries.

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