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The End of the Free Market by Ian Bremmer

The End of the Free Market

This remains very much in the genre of the scare story book. The risk in such books is that they choose the wrong target. Or they over-hype the scare in the interests of making a bigger splash. The End Of The Free Market falls clearly into the latter camp. — Read the complete FT review

Synopsis

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.

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