Given the huge impact of the 2008 financial crash and post-crash austerity on so many people's lives, there is a need for
a concise, accessible guide to its causes and its longer-term significance. Written by an expert in political science and
straddling finance, economics and political science, this entry-level summary demystifies global finance and puts the financial
crisis in its historical context. It also outlines the policy responses of Western governments to the crash and the ensuing
recession and turn to austerity.
Supplemented by an appendix with an A-Z glossary of key terms, processes and institutions,
the book concludes by asking if the crisis is really over and outlines possible future scenarios, making it an impressive
overview for anyone with little or no previous knowledge of the subject.