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15 Oct 2009
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As the world reels in the wake of a banking crisis, the likes of which have not been seen in a generation, attention is naturally turning to the role of greed. For all of the technical explanations for meltdown in the financial markets, the simplest, most readily accepted and almost universal explanation is the single word 'greed'. The prospects of easy, risk-free, large profits which caricature the instinct of international finance might seem a world away. But, whatever some commentators might like to portray, greed is not confined to the financial markets. Greed is not the preserve of bankers, traders and brokers operating in isolation of the society in which the rest of us reside. Greed is a big subject which can at once be seen as the disease at the heart of society and the motivating force behind the progress of mankind.


Description

As the world reels in the wake of a banking crisis, the likes of which have not been seen in a generation, attention is naturally turning to the role of greed. For all of the technical explanations for meltdown in the financial markets, the simplest, most readily accepted and almost universal explanation is the single word 'greed'. The prospects of easy, risk-free, large profits which caricature the instinct of international finance might seem a world away. But, whatever some commentators might like to portray, greed is not confined to the financial markets. Greed is not the preserve of bankers, traders and brokers operating in isolation of the society in which the rest of us reside. Greed is a big subject which can at once be seen as the disease at the heart of society and the motivating force behind the progress of mankind.


Contents

Foreword; N.Horlick
Introduction; A.Brassey & S.Barber
Greed and the Market; J.Meadowcroft
The Super-rich; S.Haseler & H.Meyer
Sociological Motivations and Market Players; J.Pixley
Back to the Future: Teaching the Greed Business; K.Starkey & C.Cooper
The Disputable Truth of Economic Greed; S.Barber
What Drives Man? A.Brassey
Greed and Jewish Lore; J.Rosen
Christian Perspectives on Greed; P.Riorden
Working with Greed; M.Roncarati
Radical Economics and an Antidote to Greed; D.Wall
Greed in Literature; L.Freedman


Authors

ALEX BRASSEY is completing a PhD in Psychology at the University of London, UK. He is also Managing Director of Cramer Pelmont Solicitors, Senior Partner of The Schools Enterprise Partnership and Managing Director of Liverpool Residential. He formerly worked for 10 years in the City of London as Assistant Vice-President of Citibank, Director of Lehman Brothers and Head of Yen trading at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation. He is a qualified fund manager, teacher and holds a BSc (Hons) in Finance and Economics from Manchester University, and an MA in Philosophy from Kings College London.

STEPHEN BARBER is Senior Lecturer at London South Bank University and a Senior Research Fellow at the Global Policy Institute, London Metropolitan University. He has spent fifteen years working in the City of London's financial industry and is a frequent contributor to and commentator in the financial press, radio and TV. He has published three previous books on politics, policy and political economy.