Adam Tooze | The Sydney Morning Herald | September 23, 2021

Shutdown is best grasped from the back. The index lists 111 countries and regions, from Australia (nine mentions) to Zambia (two). Economist John Maynard Keynes (seven) rubs shoulders with Saddam Hussein (two) and philosopher Thomas Hobbes (one). Even Elon Musk rates a mention. Central banks feature 62 times, 17 more than President Donald Trump. At a time when most Australians venture only as far as the supermarket, Adam Tooze’s COVID-19, Shutdown: How Covid Shook the World’s Economy, is a welcome, if vertiginous, dose of perspective.

Why is that? And what can be done about it? These are the questions that Nikhar Gaikwad, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Columbia University, and Gareth Nellis, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego, have sought to examine in much of their research.

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