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

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

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by Ian Bremmer
 

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A number of authoritarian governments, drawn to the economic power of capitalism but wary of uncontrolled free markets, have invented something new: state capitalism. In this system, governments use markets to create wealth that can be directed as political officials see fit. As an expert on the intersection between economics and politics, Ian Bremmer is

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A number of authoritarian governments, drawn to the economic power of capitalism but wary of uncontrolled free markets, have invented something new: state capitalism. In this system, governments use markets to create wealth that can be directed as political officials see fit. As an expert on the intersection between economics and politics, Ian Bremmer is uniquely qualified to illustrate the rise of state capitalism and its long-term threat to the global economy. The main characters in this story are the men who rule China, Russia, and the Arab monarchies of the Persian Gulf, but their successes are attracting imitators across much of the developing world. This guide to the next big trend includes useful insights for investors, business leaders, policymakers, and anyone else who wants to understand major emerging changes in international politics and the global economy.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Many scholars have begun to analyze state capitalism. One of the clearest and most comprehensive treatments is The End of the Free Market by Ian Bremmer."
-David Brooks, New York Times

"Mr. Bremmer... provides a wide-ranging account of the rise of state capitalism and he litters his prose with apposite examples and acute insights. Nobody with a serious interest in the current dilemma should pass it by."
-The Economist

"Brilliant and indispensible. One of the preeminent political analysts of our time with the must-read book for how politics and global markets are converging at our peril."
-Nouriel Roubini, Chairman of Roubini Global Economics

"From the stories of deadly rioting at a Chinese factory to the Russian prime minister's grocery shopping to the construction site of an entirely new Saudi city, this is a fascinating story with a timely and important message: American- style free-market democracy might not be the wave of the future."
- Fareed Zakaria, editor, Newsweek International; author of The Post- American World

"The End of the Free Market is both fresh and provocative. It illuminates the subtle, yet powerful, geopolitical and economic undercurrents that must be understood by all of us."
- Greg Brown, CEO of Motorola

"Ian Bremmer's understanding of international commerce and politics is peerless. The End of the Free Market holds essential insights for anyone conducting business on the global level."
- Sallie Krawcheck, President, global wealth and investment management, Bank of America

"A powerful analysis of the new emerging world order by an author who is always full of insights."
- George Osborne, MP, shadow chancellor of the Exchequer

"Ian Bremmer's book couldn't have come at a better time. An essential guide to the future of the world economy, The End of the Free Market describes the coming war for the soul of capitalism. It offers useful insights for investors, business leaders, and anyone interested in how to survive this coming global confrontation."
- David Smick, Global policy strategist and author of The World Is Curved: Hidden Dangers to the Global Economy

Steven Levingston
…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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591844402
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/27/2011
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
672,267
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"Many scholars have begun to analyze state capitalism. One of the clearest and most comprehensive treatments is The End of the Free Market by Ian Bremmer."
-David Brooks, New York Times

"Mr. Bremmer... provides a wide-ranging account of the rise of state capitalism and he litters his prose with apposite examples and acute insights. Nobody with a serious interest in the current dilemma should pass it by."
-The Economist

"Brilliant and indispensible. One of the preeminent political analysts of our time with the must-read book for how politics and global markets are converging at our peril."
-Nouriel Roubini, Chairman of Roubini Global Economics

"From the stories of deadly rioting at a Chinese factory to the Russian prime minister's grocery shopping to the construction site of an entirely new Saudi city, this is a fascinating story with a timely and important message: American- style free-market democracy might not be the wave of the future."
- Fareed Zakaria, editor, Newsweek International; author of The Post- American World

"The End of the Free Market is both fresh and provocative. It illuminates the subtle, yet powerful, geopolitical and economic undercurrents that must be understood by all of us."
- Greg Brown, CEO of Motorola

"Ian Bremmer's understanding of international commerce and politics is peerless. The End of the Free Market holds essential insights for anyone conducting business on the global level."
- Sallie Krawcheck, President, global wealth and investment management, Bank of America

"A powerful analysis of the new emerging world order by an author who is always full of insights."
- George Osborne, MP, shadow chancellor of the Exchequer

"Ian Bremmer's book couldn't have come at a better time. An essential guide to the future of the world economy, The End of the Free Market describes the coming war for the soul of capitalism. It offers useful insights for investors, business leaders, and anyone interested in how to survive this coming global confrontation."
- David Smick, Global policy strategist and author of The World Is Curved: Hidden Dangers to the Global Economy

Meet the Author

Ian Bremmer is a president of Eurasia Group, the world's leading global politcal risk research and consulting firm. He has written for The Wall Street 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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