Banking Across Boundaries: Placing Finance in Capitalism by Brett Christophers

By Brett Christophers

This compelling contribution to modern debates in regards to the banking bargains a different standpoint on its geographical and conceptual ‘placement’. It lines the evolving hyperlinks among the 2, revealing how our notions of banking ‘productiveness’ have developed along the moving loci of banking activity.

  • An unique contribution to the pressing debates happening on banking sparked via the present financial concern
  • Offers a distinct standpoint at the geographical and social proposal of ‘placement’ of the banking industry
  • Combines theoretical ways from political financial system with modern literature at the performativity of economics
  • Details the globalization of Western banking, and analyzes how representations of the banking sector’s productivity have shifted through the evolution of Western monetary theory
  • Analyzes the social conceptualization of the character – and price – of the banking industry
  • Illuminates not just how financial principles ‘perform’ and form the commercial global, yet how these rules are themselves continuously items of specific fiscal realities
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51–64. Of particular importance here, see the work of James Perry and Andreas Nölke, especially J. Perry, and A.  Nölke and J. Perry, “The power of transnational private governance: financialisation and the IASB,” Business and Politics, 9, 2007, no. 3. See especially M. Blyth, Great Transformations: Economic Ideas and Institutional Change in the Twentieth Century, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2002. D. 218–233. D. Harvey, The Limits to Capital, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1982.

On the analytical inextricability of international banking and international finance, see also R. Aliber, “International banking: a survey,” Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking, 16, 1984, 661–678. 46 B. Scott-Quinn, “US investment banks as multinationals,” in G. 275. vi. Recent examples of work which explicitly considers the history of geographical capital mobility in relation to the power of economic ideas include M. Watson, The Political Economy of International Capital Mobility, Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2007, and many of the essays in J.

51 But those perceptions and representations changed, I submit, not so much in recognition as in neglect of banking’s remodeled spatial anatomy: the material world thus shaping ideas about it precisely through its misapprehension. I make this case most explicitly with regard to contemporary political economy (the case being less clear, I think, with national accounting). As US and UK banking profits swelled in both absolute terms and as INTRODUCTION 21 a proportion of total “national” corporate profits from the 1970s, the vital, growing contribution of international expansion was conspicuously underplayed.

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