The recent credit crunch has resulted in a lot of criticism of the banks and other financial institutions. Many commentators have argued for reforms to the financial system with greater controls on lending and restrictions on banks’ ability to create credit. The articles below have a common theme – assessing the actions that politicians and policy makers need to consider as a result of the recent credit crunch.
After excess comes fear – and then socialism, at least for the bankers Guardian (23/3/08)
Capitalism’s too important to be left to capitalists Observer (23/3/08)
If the City won’t put its house in order, politicians must Observer (23/3/08)
How to stop the market mayhem Guardian (19/3/08)
|1.||Explain what is meant by the ‘liberalisation of financial markets’.|
|2.||“If the City won’t put its house in order, the politicians must”. Examine the validity of Will Hutton’s argument.|
|3.||Discuss the extent to which the freedom of banks to lend has been the cause of the recent credit crunch.|