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The lies we were told

Politics, economics, austerity and Brexit


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The lies we were told by Simon Wren-Lewis

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Why did governments adopt austerity policies, and why were they so harmful? Why did the media largely ignore the majority of experts who opposed these policies, and allow politicians to get away with lies? And why did voters choose Brexit when the economic consensus was that it would harm living standards? Simon Wren-Lewis, winner of the SPERI/New Statesman Prize for Political Economy, is one of Britain's most respected economists. Since 2012, his widely-read Mainly Macro blog has been an influential resource for policymakers, academics and social commentators around the world. This book presents some of his most important work, telling the story of how the damaging political and economic events of recent years became inevitable.

Author Biography

Simon Wren-Lewis is Emeritus Professor of Economics and Fellow at Merton College, Oxford and author of the widely read Mainly Macro blog. In 2015 he was invited to join the Labour Party's Economic Advisory Committee, and in 2016 he won the SPERI/New Statesman Prize for Political Economy.
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November 1st, 2018
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
10 Illustrations, black and white
Policy Press
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