Society & Culture

The RSA: meeting 21st century challenges by showcasing ideas, undertaking innovative research and building civic capacity around the world. We encourage public discourse and critical debate by providing platforms for leading experts to share new ideas on contemporary issues, through our public events programme. All of the audio files are recordings of talks in our public events programme.


The Political Origins of Banking Crises

February 27th, 2014

Episode 157 of 443 episodes

Economist Charles Calomiris examines the puzzling pervasiveness of dysfunctional banking, and argues that bank crises are often the predictable result of political bargains, and that these bargains are structured by a society’s fundamental political institutions.