Thomas Ferguson

Director of Research Projects
Institute for New Economic Thinking

Thomas Ferguson is the Institute for New Economic Thinking's Director of Research Projects and a member of its Advisory Board. He is also Professor of  Political Science at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and Senior Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University and taught formerly at MIT and the University of Texas, Austin. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including Golden Rule (University of Chicago Press, 1995) and Right Turn (Hill & Wang, 1986). His articles have appeared in many scholarly journals, including the Quarterly Journal of Economics, International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, and the Journal of Economic History. He is Contributing Editor at AlterNet, Contributing Editor to The Nation, and a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of the Historical Society and the International Journal of Political Economy.

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Presentation given at the Conference @ King's, April 8th-11th, 2010.

Paper given at the Conference @ King's, April 8th-11th, 2010.


Financial crises are staggeringly costly. Only major wars rival them in the burdens they place on public finances. Taxpayers typically transfer enormous resources to banks, their stockholders, and creditors, while public debt explodes and the economy runs below full employment for years.

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Thomas Ferguson, Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts in Boston, speaking in the panel "The Political Economy of Structural Adjustment: Understanding the Obstacles to Cooperation" at the Bretton Woods Conference on April 10, 2011.

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The Inaugural Conference @ King's, Institute for New Economic Thinking, Session 8: Political Economy: What Can Government Do? What Will Government Do?