Debt, Austerity, and Politics
We’ve all heard that China is a rising economic superpower, but is it also poised to be the major factor in America’s presidential election? And what of the resounding rejection of austerity measures in Europe this weekend? France elects a socialist for only the second time in its history. In our economically connected world, where international upheaval is now measured by the U.S. stock market – could the new regimes in Europe plunge Europe deeper into recession – or pull the world out of its funk?
Edward Steinfeld, a professor at MIT and Author of Playing Our Game: Why China's Rise Doesn't Threaten the West
Jeffrey Berry, professor of political science at Tufts University
Dave Wedge, Boston Herald reporter