Losing Control


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The Emerging Threats to Western Prosperity

Stephen D. King

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A hard-hitting analysis of the future of the global economy and what it means for the Western way of life

As the economic giants of Asia and elsewhere have awakened, Western leaders have increasingly struggled to maintain economic stability. The international financial crisis that began in 2007 is but one result of the emerging nations’ increased gravitational pull. In this vividly written and compellingly argued book, Stephen D. King, the global chief economist at HSBC, one of the largest banking groups in the world, suggests that the decades ahead will see a major redistribution of wealth and power across the globe that will force consumers in the United States and Europe to stop living beyond their means.

The tide of money washing in from emerging nations has already fuelled the recent property bubble in the West, while new patterns of trade have left the West increasingly dependent on risky financial services. Unless things change drastically, King argues, the increasing power of emerging markets, when coupled with poor internal regulation and an increasingly anachronistic system of global governance, will result in greater instability and income inequality, accompanied by the risk of a major dollar decline. And as Western populations age and emerging economies develop further, the social and political consequences may be alarming to citizens who have grown accustomed to living in prosperity.

Stephen D. King is group chief economist and global head of economics and asset allocation research at HSBC. He lives in London.

"Intellectually stimulating and excellently written."— Martin Wolf, chief economics commentator, Financial Times

"I’ve not come across another book which so forcefully gives the European or American reader a China-centred view rather than a western-centric one…A disorientating and thought-provoking perspective."— Diane Coyle, The Enlightened Economist

“Mr. King lays out his arguments in accessible and engaging prose. He is a lively writer with a deft eye for catchy historical analogies.” — The Economist


“This is an important volume.”—John Arlidge, Sunday Times

‘HSBC’s Chief Economist Stephen King spells out in more detail what this shift in global economic power could mean to all of us, in his scary but excellent new book, Losing Control.’ — Stephanie Flanders, BBC Economics Editor

"In this intellectually stimulating and excellently written book, Stephen King explores the implications of the end of western hegemony for the ability of the erstwhile rulers of the world to sustain their standards of living. The rising competition from new players and the growing scarcity of resources will, he argues, squeeze the west hard. It will have to adapt. It will not find it easy to do so."— Martin Wolf, Chief Economics Commentator, Financial Times

'King writes fluently and well, pepping up his argument with entertaining anecdotes and little-known facts…King will provide a dose of realism.' — Larry Elliot, The Guardian

'This is an important book that identifies serious dangers facing Europe and the US…This is a stimulating and provocative book and is certainly worth reading.' — David Kern, The Business Economist

"The book is well written and, in places, surprisingly funny: King throws in self-depreciating personal anecdotes to lighten an otherwise sombre tale…King’s standing and knowledge allow him to provide a wider context…. An accessible and informed take on the changes taking place in developed and developing economies – and recommended reading for players in both."—Tim Burke, EMEA Finance

“….the book is a thought- provoking addition to the recent globalization literature.”—Joel Campbell, International Affairs 87:3

"This book raises issues of wide significance for the future of the global political economy."—C. J. Talele, Choice
ISBN: 9780300170870
Publication Date: April 26, 2011
304 pages, 5 x 7 3/4
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