Crisis and Recovery: Ethics, Economics and Justice

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Rowan Williams, Larry Elliott
Palgrave Macmillan, Sep 23, 2010 - Business & Economics - 200 pages
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The financial crisis is about more than money. It is also about morality, casting an uncomfortable light on the links between the activities of bankers and the wellbeing of society as a whole. The idea that economics is morally neutral or that finance should be above ethical scrutiny deserves to be challenged. The Most Reverend Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, and Larry Elliott, Economics Editor of the Guardian, bring together a group of distinguished commentators to open up the ethical debate in the search for a fairer vision of economic justice.

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About the author (2010)

Rowan Williams has been Archbishop of Canterbury since 2002. He was born in 1950 and brought up in Swansea. From 1986 to 1992 he was Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity at Oxford. He served as Bishop of Monmouth from 1992 and Archbishop of Wales from 2000. Dr Williams is a Fellow of the British Academy and is the author of several books of theology; he is also a frequent broadcaster. He is married to Jane, a writer and teacher; they have two children.

Larry Elliott has been at the Guardian since 1988. He is currently economics editor and is also the journalist representative on the Scott Trust, which owns the paper. He is the co-author of three books with Dan Atkinson - The Age of Insecurity (1998), Fantasy Island (2007), warning that Britain's growth under New Labour was a debt-driven illusion; and The Gods That Failed (2008), an analysis of the events and forces that brought the global financial system to the brink of collapse. His areas of speciality are the UK and global economies, trade and development. He was part of the group that put together the proposal for a Green New Deal, published by the New Economics Foundation in 2008. Larry is a visiting fellow at Hertfordshire University, a council member of the Overseas Development Institute, an adviser to the Catalyst thinktank and to Red Pepper magazine, and a magistrate.

Featuring contributions from -

Robert Skidelsky, Emeritus Professor of Political Economy, University of Warwick

Jon Cruddas, MP for Dagenham & Rainham

Jonathan Rutherford, Professor of Cultural Studies at Middlesex University and editor of
Soundings journal

Phillip Blond, Director of ResPublica and Research Fellow, NESTA

Adam Lent, Head, Economic and Social Affairs Department, TUC

John Reynolds, Chairman, Church of England Ethical Investment Advisory Group

Andrew Whittaker, General Counsel to the Board, Financial Services Authority

Zac Goldsmith, MP for Richmond Park

Will Hutton, Executive Vice Chair, The Work Foundation