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Post-Crisis Belarus: Marxism and the Lender of Last Resort

Bell, H. and Bell, Robin (2015) Post-Crisis Belarus: Marxism and the Lender of Last Resort. Journal of Eurasian Studies, 6 (2). pp. 153-160. ISSN 1879-3665

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Abstract

Existing literature has examined the predictions and proscriptions of Karl Marx in response to the 2008 global financial crisis. However, the suggestions put forth by the Marxist-leaning literature never took hold and state-level banking and finance policies have remained largely unchanged. While many criticisms of Marxism exist, this paper examines Belarus, a ‘neo-communist’ or ‘market-socialist’ state, to provide a new perspective on the continuation of capitalism in the United States and Europe. In the case of Belarus, the International Monetary Fund and the Eurasian Economic Community's Anti-Crisis Fund provided both the critical liquidity needed to temporarily quell the effects of the financial crisis. Their demands meant that Belarus agreed to speed its move away from the Soviet-era finance and banking policies and more towards its western capitalist neighbors. Its failure to implement these policies further hurt its recovery. Examining Belarus' path to and out of its financial crisis makes apparent that the role of the international lender of last resort (LOLR). The LOLR acts as a key element in protecting states embroiled in the financial crisis from facing the possibility of making the difficult policy changes put forth by the Marxist literature. By ignoring its promises under the loan conditions from its LOLRs, Belarus moved further from the recovery promised by the Marxist suggestions.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Marxism, Belarus, International Monetary Fund (IMF), lender of last resort
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Divisions: Academic Departments > Worcester Business School
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Copyright Info: Open Access article
Depositing User: Robin Bell
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2016 14:59
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2016 14:59
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/4428

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