Harry Shutt

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).

  • Beyond the Profits System

    Possibilities for the Post-Capitalist Era

    By Harry Shutt     May 2010

    While many have claimed that no one could have foreseen the financial crisis, Harry Shutt was predicting just such a collapse as far back as 1998 in his book, The Trouble With Capitalism. In Beyond the Profits System, Shutt offers a radically different analysis to the mainstream, establishment commentators who have struggled to come to terms with the crisis. Arguing that we need to move away from a system based on compulsive addiction to growth and obsession with the profit motive, towards a collectivist, more humane economic mode, the book provides not merely a comprehensive background to the flawed ideologies of that precipitated the collapse, but also a radical, though realistic, way forward in light of the catastrophe.

  • A New Democracy

    Alternatives to a Bankrupt World Order

    By Harry Shutt     January 2001

    Harry Shutt argues our world is coming under threat from forces that the ruling elite is increasingly unable to control. Our present economic system is inherently unstable and heading not just for recession, but very serious breakdown. And US domination of international politics cannot last in an age where democracy and respect for human rights are demanded and where marginalization of most of the world’s people is no longer acceptable.