Going South: Why Britain Will Have a Third World Economy by 2014

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Palgrave Macmillan, Jun 14, 2012 - Business & Economics - 389 pages
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A provocative look at how and why Britain has fallen into decline from being a superpower in 1914 to being a third world economy in 2014 by two of Britain's leading Economists journalists 

With a second recession looming, Britain is facing a moment of truth. Going South examines how the leader of the Industrial Revolution came to exhibit the features of a "developing country." The symptoms of this vertiginous plunge in the world's rankings are already starkly apparent: a chronic balance of payment deficit, a looming shortage of energy and food, a dysfunctional labor market, volatility in economic growth, and a painful vulnerability to external events. And if these are the big indicators of imminent relegation to the Third World, many smaller ones are too numerous to fully catalogue.

So stark is the evidence that it is our contention that Britain's looming relegation is not in doubt. The names change with intellectual fashion—the developing world, the Third World, less-developed countries, "emerging markets," or simply the Global South. But the destination is the same.

Britain is going south—rapidly.

Assuming that Britain faces up to its plight, there is no easy model for the redevelopment of the national economy. Whichever path is taken will be a hard one. The age of the quick fixes is over. 


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Elliott and Atkinson set out with an interesting premise but meander wildly and never actually say what a Third World Economy is. Must have started off as a good pub diatribe rapidly backed up by wikipaedia.


One hundred all out
1 June 1914 A snapshot as the storm breaks
2 June 2014 in LagosonThames
3 Welcome to the beautiful south
the big fixes and why they went wrong
the nostrategy strategy
is Britains economic crisis all in the mind?
7 The great reckoning
8 Desperately seeking Sweden or Freeport Ho The search for a development model
investment during the crisis
10 After the illusions

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LARRY ELLIOTT is the Economics Editor of The Guardian. He is the author of two previously successful publications The Gods That Failed and Fantasy Island. He is the council member of the Overseas Development Institute and visiting fellow at the University of Hertfordshire, UK.DAN ATKINSON is the Economics Editor of The Mail on Sunday. Previous to this he was a financial correspondent at The Guardian. Dan Atkinson has co-authored The Gods That Failed and Fantasy Island with Larry Elliot.