Book (as Author) ()
Birchall J (2013) Finance in an Age of Austerity: the power of customer-owned banks . Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
This is a book in search of an alternative to the discredited investor-owned banks that have brought the rich countries into crisis and the world economy into a long period of austerity. It finds customer-owned banks - credit unions, co-operative banks, building societies - have hardly been affected by the crisis and continue to operate according to their organisational DNA: low-risk, close to the customer, underpinned by real savings, and still lending to SMEs to protect jobs and local economies. They are big business - in some countries with over 40% of the market - but networked in smaller, democratic societies whose origins go back to 1850s Germany.
|Number of pages||256|
|Place of publication||Cheltenham|
|ISBN||978 1 78195 183 5|