Popular anger against bankers and financial speculators has never been greater, yet the practical workings of the system remain opaque to many people.The Heretic's Guide to Global Finance aims to bridge the gap between protest slogans and practical
proposals for reform.
As a stockbroker turned campaigner, Brett Scott has a unique understanding of life inside and outside the system.The Heretic's Guide to Global Finance is a practical handbook for campaigners, academics and students who wish to deepen their understanding of the inner workings of the financial sector. It shows how financial knowledge can be used to build effective social and environmental campaigns.
Scott covers topics frequently overlooked, such as the cultural aspects of the financial sector, and considers major issues such as agricultural speculation, carbon markets and tar sands financing. The book shows how activists can use the internal dynamics of the sector to reform it and showcases the growing alternative finance movement.
This book provides a unique inside-out look at our financial system, based on the author's unusual personal adventure. It is not only a user-friendly guide to the complex maze of modern finance but also a manual for utilising and subverting it for social purposes in innovative ways. Smart and street-smart. -- Ha-Joon Chang, University of Cambridge, author of '23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism' This is an imaginative, even exuberant exploration of the daunting world of finance - it will unleash a generation of activists, and do a world of good. -- Bill McKibben, author of 'Deep Economy' Money is power, but so too is knowledge. Tinkering with regulation will not change the world, but empowered citizens just might. Brett Scott's entertaining and informative book is brimming with good ideas on how we can engage and change global finance on our own terms. -- Tony Greenham, Head of Finance and Business at the New Economics Foundation 'Scott re-humanizes and diversifies the image of finance and arouses his reader's curiosity. He has succeeded in writing a book about finance without being dull or alarmist, but fun and exciting. His irreverent and "colourful" writing style, and his "cool" references make this a "fresh" and dynamic book.' -- Marie-Adelaide Mathei, Research Analyst at UNRISD 'This is a book for "activists" and "campaigners"' -- Robert Deakin, rethezine.com
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 10th May 2013
Publisher: Pluto Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.2 x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.28
Edition Number: 1