Harry Shutt was educated at Oxford and Warwick Universities. He worked for six years in the Development and Planning Division of the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). He then moved to the Research Department of the General and Municipal Workers' Union (1973-76) and subsequently became Chief Economist at the Fund for Research and Investment for the Development of Africa (1977-79). Since then he has been an independent economic consultant. His books include 'The Myth of Free Trade: Patterns of Protectionism Since 1945', (1985), 'The Trouble with Capitalism: An Inquiry into the Causes of Global Economic Failure', (Zed Books, 1999), 'A New Democracy: Alternatives to a Bankrupt World Order' (Zed Books, 2001) and 'The Decline of Capitalism: Can a Self-Regulated Profits System Survive (Zed Books, 2004).