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As the title of the opening chapter puts it, financial crisis is a "hardy perennial", and there has been no shortage of material for the purposes of updating. The new edition incorporates events such as the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the Bernie Madoff fraud into its analysis, which brings a welcome freshness. On the other hand, the updating - by Robert Aliber of the University of Chicago, following Kindleberger's death in - has turned it into a less cohesive and pacy read compared to, say, the third edition Nevertheless, even though it would be worth rereading the original version, the living text does a good job of using the whole long history of financial crises to illustrate the tendency to boom and bust that is inherent in the markets.

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As the title of the opening chapter puts it, financial crisis is a "hardy perennial", and there has been no shortage of material for the purposes of updating. The new edition incorporates events such as the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the Bernie Madoff fraud into its analysis, which brings a welcome freshness. On the other hand, the updating - by Robert Aliber of the University of Chicago, following Kindleberger's death in - has turned it into a less cohesive and pacy read compared to, say, the third edition Nevertheless, even though it would be worth rereading the original version, the living text does a good job of using the whole long history of financial crises to illustrate the tendency to boom and bust that is inherent in the markets.

The argument is that there are exaggerated cycles in the supply of credit, causing alternating manias and crashes - a claim that is all too plausible at the moment. The book opens by describing the late economist Hyman Minsky's theory of credit cycles. Minsky is a man of the moment, having recently come back into intellectual fashion in financial economics, but when the first edition of Manias, Panics and Crashes was published in , this was contrarian stuff.

The possibility of speculative bubbles was ruled out on principle. With hindsight, it is hard to understand why earlier editions of the book did not puncture that intellectual bubble. The pattern of the history of financial markets from the South Sea Bubble onwards makes it apparent that, as Walter Bagehot said: "At particular times, a great deal of stupid people have a great deal of stupid money.

A piece of good news - a potentially lucrative discovery of resources overseas, an innovative new technology - leads to an upward surge in asset prices. Even if the authorities try to limit it by controlling the supply of credit, the financial markets will evade restraint simply by devising new types of credit. As the authors write: "The history of money is a story of continuing innovations.

However, the supply of credit inevitably outpaces any plausible ability of borrowers to repay their obligations, and the bubble pops. The effect of globalisation takes the cycle to the world stage. Credit sloshes around the international financial markets, so where it spills out will vary from crisis to crisis. What never changes is that it will cause a mania, panic and crash. In the new edition, Aliber discusses the contribution made by global savings imbalances - polite economics code for the vast support that Chinese savers give to US consumer spending - to the recent crisis.

Another useful thread in the book is the role of property in driving credit cycles in the 20th century. The US and UK house-price bubbles clearly played a part in the latest crisis, and other countries - Australia, Ireland, Spain - also experienced them.

The same phenomenon occurred in the lates boom and bust from which Japan has not yet recovered. The oil shocks of the s, too, were felt first in the property markets. This is interesting, because while it is very difficult for governments to do anything to control the internal dynamic of the financial markets, they may be able to influence where the crash occurs. Aliber claims that the Lehman Brothers panic was "avoidable" and that Washington should have bailed out the company.

In the end, it had to bail out the rest of the industry instead. With the European markets and banks in turmoil, it is not at all clear that a second act of the Great Crash can be averted. Does Manias, Panics and Crashes hold any lessons for the people who supervise our financial system? Well, no. Aliber concludes that if the new regulatory framework, including the Dodd-Frank Act , had been in place in , it would have made no difference.

The previous edition ended with a warning that the political situation is such that the international co-operation needed to regulate financial cycles is extremely unlikely to be forthcoming. Such pessimism is well founded mid-crisis, but in the aftermath of any big crisis there is a moment when the essential co-ordination can take place to limit the room for the next bubble to emerge.

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