Going South: Why Britain will have a Third World Economy by 2014

Paperback | July 17, 2012

byLarry Elliott, Dan Atkinson

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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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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 exhibi...

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...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 10.95 × 5.44 × 1.22 inPublished:July 17, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230392547

ISBN - 13:9780230392540

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Decline and FallJune 1914: A SnapshotJune 2014: Lagos-on-ThamesWelcome to the Beautiful SouthA Century of FailureWin Some, Lose SomeInto Free Fall: The No-Strategy StrategyThe Great ReckoningHanging on in ThereDesperately Seeking SwedenAfter the Illusions

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"Elliott and Atkinson issued a prescient warning in Fantasy Island about the UK economy at a time when most commentators believed Gordon Brown's claim that he had abolished boom and bust. This book is another splendid polemic in the same mould, bursting with provocative ideas."   - Paul Ormerod, economist and author of Positive Linking and Why Most Things Fail