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After the Great Complacence: Financial Crisis and the by Ewald Engelen, Ismail Erturk, Julie Froud, Sukhdev Johal,

By Ewald Engelen, Ismail Erturk, Julie Froud, Sukhdev Johal, Adam Leaver, Mick Moran, Adriana Nilsson, Karel Williams

What's the dating among the economy and politics? In a democratic method, what sort of regulate may still elected governments have over the monetary markets? What rules might be applied to manage them? what's the function performed by way of varied elites - monetary, technocratic, and political - within the operation and law of the economy? And what position may still electorate, traders, and savers play?

These are the various questions addressed during this tough research of the actual gains of the modern capitalist economic system in Britain, the us, and Western Europe. The authors argue that the reasons of the monetary hindrance lay within the bricolage and innovation in monetary markets, leading to lengthy chains and circuits of transactions and tools that enabled bankers to earn charges, yet which failed to sufficiently keep in mind process threat, uncertainty, and accidental

In the wake of the drawback, the authors argue that social scientists, governments, and electorate have to re-engage with the political dimensions of monetary markets. This e-book bargains a arguable and available exploration of the problems of our monetary capitalism and its justifications. With an leading edge emphasis at the economically 'undisclosed' and the political 'mystifying', it combines technical realizing of finance, cultural research, and al political account of pursuits and

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The elite of financial regulators and central bankers increasingly claim authority, as does Bernanke, from their academic credentials. Marcussen (2006, 2009) calls this the scientization of central banking and financial regulation: that is, those from mainstream economics backgrounds now monopolize senior positions in central banks, and the currency of argument within this group of econocrats is provided by economic data and the core concepts of the discipline. Our argument below focuses on one neglected consequence of this transition: those at the top of this econocracy, like Bernanke, used the authority conferred by their position and ‘scientific’ credentials to convert the assumptions of neoclassical economics into stories for laypeople about the benefits of financial innovation and deregulation.

2006) and Moran (2006) have argued. At the enterprise level, individual giant firms (especially in regulation-dependent sectors like finance and pharmaceuticals) increased their spending on ‘do it yourself’ lobbying and PR which bypassed trade associations, the traditional source of 25 After the Great Complacence collective lobbying muscle. In pharmaceuticals, companies like GlaxoSmithKline needed one story about the patient interest in shorter testing times and the social benefits of patent protection for Whitehall, Capitol Hill, and Brussels, and quite another for the stock market.

By way of contrast, the United Kingdom has a powerful executive, but the New Labour government did very little in 2009–10, and the Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition has in effect postponed decision and sidestepped broader issues by setting up a banking commission, discussed in Chapter 6; the commission is most likely to do nothing except recommend breakup of the (state-owned) high-street banks. Both US and UK systems have so far failed, albeit in different ways, to deliver reform. Something can be done by distinguishing between different kinds of stories which can be more or less memetic (Dawkins 1976) or instrumental.

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