Bailouts more likely in unequal democracies, research finds

Accountable governments face pressure to preserve banks

Helping hand: highly financialised countries are more likely to experience bailout responses

Bank bailouts in times of systemic crisis may attract public anger, but history suggests they may often be a response to public pressure, according to research presented on November 17 at a conference at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

The LSE's Jeffrey Chwieroth and Andrew Walter of the University of Melbourne used a dataset of 122 policy responses to systemic banking crises since 1976, and categorised each one on a scale from the traditional 'Bagehot' response at

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