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Princes of the Yen and the Japanese Shock Doctrine

“It is better for the Bank of Japan not to attract attention and remain as quit as the forest in a rural shrine.” – Hisato Ichimada, the 18th Governor of the Bank of Japan, 1946-1954 (Werner 2003: 70) “Thanks to this … Continue reading

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Democracy matters: the extension of the franchise and its impact on financial systems

For centuries, voting rights were limited to wealthy elites, aristocrats, and landlords. For instance,  the electorate in England and Wales in 1780 consisted of less than 3% of the total population. Suffrage reforms, enacted during the late 19th and the 20th … Continue reading

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“Banks and the False Dichotomy in the Comparative Political Economy of Finance” challenges the conventional understanding of bank-based financial system

The wide-ranging varieties of capitalism literature rests on a particular conception of banks and banking that, the authors argue, no longer reflects the reality of modern financial systems. Iain Hardie, David Howarth, Sylvia Maxfield and Amy Verdun take advantage of the greater … Continue reading

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“Bank Behaviour and Resilience: the Effect of Structures, Institutions and Agents” challenges conventional thinking about the varieties of capitalism

Why were banking sectors in ‘liberal’ and ‘coordinated’ market economies with similar financial systems, operating under the same set of global rules, more resilient than others during the Global Financial Crisis? Building on the rich body of knowledge in institutional analysis and … Continue reading

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Why are banking systems unstable in some countries–but not in others? Since 1840, the US had 12 crises; Canada had none.

Analyzing the political and banking history of the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Brazil through several centuries, “Fragile by Design” (Free access to the First chapter) demonstrates that chronic banking crises and scarce credit are not accidents … Continue reading

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Time for a Visible Hand: Lessons from the 2008 World Financial Crisis

The financial crisis, which originated in developed country financial markets, has spread to developing countries and has turned into a global financial meltdown. Governments and Central Banks—though taking many and costly measures—seem powerless to stop the crisis. In light of … Continue reading

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