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The Possible Futures Series, the first part of our collaboration with the Social Science Research Council, gathers together leading social scientists to address the significance of the global economic crisis in a series of short, accessible books. Each volume takes on the past, present, and future of this crisis suggesting that it has an informative history, that the consequences could be much more basic than the stock market declines, and that only fundamental changes — not fiscal band-aids — can head off future repetitions.

CONTRIBUTORS INCLUDE: Immanuel Wallerstein, David Harvey, Saskia Sassen, James Kenneth Galbraith, Manuel Castells, Nancy Fraser, Rogers Brubaker, David Held, Mary Kaldor, Vadim Volkov, Giovanni Arrighi, Beverly Silver, and Fernando Coronil.

Volume I, Business as Usual

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The Roots of the Global Financial Meltdown

Edited by Craig Calhoun and Georgi Derluguian

Much more basic than the result of a few financial traders cheating the system, Business as Usual shows how the current financial crisis was made possible by both neoliberal financial reforms and a massive turning away from manufacturing things of value to make profits from trading financial assets. In original essays, the contributors establish how the Great Recession is related to crises of the past, and yet why this meltdown was different. The volume concludes by asking whether the crisis — despite its severity — contains seeds of a new global economy, what role the US will play, and whether China or other countries will rise to global leadership.

Volume II, The Deepening Crisis

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Governance Challenges after Neoliberalism

Edited by Craig Calhoun and Georgi Derluguian

Response to financial meltdown is entangled with basic challenges to global governance. Environment, global security, ethnicity and nationalism are all global issues today. Focusing on the political and social dimensions of the crisis, contributors examine changes in relationships between the world’s richer and poorer countries, efforts to strengthen global institutions, and dificulties facing states trying to create stability for their citizens.

Volume III, Aftermath

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A New Global Economic Order?

Edited by Craig Calhoun and Georgi Derluguian

The global financial crisis showed deep problems with mainstream
economic predictions, as well as the vulnerability of the world’s richest countries and the enormous potential of some poorer ones. China, India, Brazil, and other counties are growing faster than Europe or America and have weathered the crisis better. Is their growth due to following conventional economic guidelines or to strong state leadership and sometimes protectionism? These issues are basic to the question of which countries will grow in comind decades, as well as the likely conflicts over global trade policy, currency standards, and economic cooperation.

NYC Launch Party for SSRC’s Possible Futures Series

NYU’s Institute of Public Knowledge joins NYU Press and the Social Science Research Council to celebrate the launch of Possible Futures, a challenging new book series. In the first three volumes, series editor Craig Calhoun joins with Georgi Derluguian to bring together some thirty-six of the world’s leading social scientists to analyze the recent global financial crisis in historical context and with broad comparative attention to different parts of the world. The contributors address the connections between financial upheaval and a range of other social issues, and they consider the ways that both past history and current challenges shape possible futures.

Apr 19, 2011 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor, IPK Main Conference Room
The panel will include: Fernando Coronil, Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Immanuel Wallerstein, and Craig Calhoun

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Coming in 2011: The Possible Futures Series


As part of our new partnership with the Social Science Research Council, we’re proud to be publishing the Possible Futures Series in July 2011. This series gathers together leading social scientists to address the significance of the global economic crisis in a series of short, accessible books. Each volume takes on the past, present, and future of this crisis suggesting that it has an informative history, that the consequences could be much more basic than the stock market declines, and that only fundamental changes — not fiscal band-aids — can head off future repetitions.

Take a look at the full series on the SSRC website.