Harrry Shutt was educated at Oxford and Warwick universities. He worked for six years in the Development and Planning Division of the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). He then moved to the Research Department of the General and Municipal Workers’ Union (1973-76) and subsequently became Chief Economist at the Fund for Research and Investment for the Development of Africa (1977-79). Since then he has been an independent economic consultant. His most recent book is The Trouble with Capitalism: An Inquiry into the Causes of Global Economic Failure (Zed Books, 1999). He is also the author of The Myth of Free Trade: Patterns of Protectionism since 1945 (Basil Blackwell/The Economist, 1985).