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German New Economic Sociology and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies

The new much-anticipated discussion paper by John Wilkinson (Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro) provides a thoughtful and comprehensive survey of German new economic sociology with a special focus on the contributions of the Max Planck Institute for the Study … Continue reading

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A Critique of the Critique of Finance: Critics of neoliberal capitalism rarely recognize the productive power of speculation

by Martijn Konings*  If there is one theme that unites the various critiques of contemporary finance, it is the emphasis on its speculative character. Financial growth is said to be driven not by the logic of efficient markets, but rather … Continue reading

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Market Bubbles: Finance, Art, and the Golden Calf

Two overwhelming events occurred on September 15 and 16, 2008. The first is known to all, the second – to few — but a thread passes between them, showing the fabric of the current socio-economic and cultural system. On September 15 Lehman … Continue reading

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Baudrillard on money, speculation and the self-destabilization of markets

Jean Baudrillard: “There is something much more shattering than inflation, however, and that is the mass of floating money whirling about the Earth in an orbital rondo. Money is now the only genuine artificial satellite. A pure artifact, it enjoys … Continue reading

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Financialization as a state project

Financialization is a key feature of neoliberalism. It refers to the capturing impact of financial markets, institutions, actors, instruments and logics on the real economy, labor, households and daily life. Essentially it has significant implications for the broader patterns and functioning of an … Continue reading

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Lehman Brothers collapsed, but the neoliberal tune keeps playing on

Today marks the 7th anniversary of Lehman Brothers disastrous collapse and the ‘official’ beginning of the global financial crisis. This is what Citigroup CEO Chuck Prince said in July 2007, about a year before the financialization fete temporarily halted: “When the music stops, in terms of … Continue reading

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China’s Minsky moment? Stability leads to instability

Hyman Minsky (1919–1996) was a distinguished American scholar and prominent post-Keynesian economist. In the wake of the 2008-2009 crisis Minsky’s invaluable scientific contribution has widely spread, but soon he has unfortunately disappeared from public and economic discussions. While most of the mainstream economists are … Continue reading

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Credit makes you free! Neoliberalism, politics of debt and the subjugation of the working poor

Under the rubric of ‘financial inclusion’, lending to the poor – in both the global North and global South – has become a highly lucrative and rapidly expanding industry since the 1990s. A key inquiry of Susanne Soederberg’s penetrating and … Continue reading

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What is financialization? Marxism, Post-Keynesianism and Economic Sociology’s complementary theorizing

The economic crisis erupted in 2007-2008, commonly known around the world as the Global Financial Crisis and in the US as the Great Recession, highlighted – for those who deliberately or unintentionally have in recent years overlooked – the ascendancy of finance, a … Continue reading

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The incredible collapse of Ireland’s Celtic Tiger: corporatism, neoliberalism and globalization run amok

In 2008 Ireland experienced one of the most dramatic economic crises of any economy in the world. It remains at the heart of the international crisis, sitting uneasily between the US and European economies. Not long ago, however, Ireland was … Continue reading

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James Tobin on ‘paper economy’ and short-sighted speculation-generating financial instruments

Nobel laureate in Economic Sciences James Tobin writes at the conclusion of his “On the Efficiency of the Financial System” paper: “We are throwing more and more of our resources, including the cream of our youth, into financial activities remote from the … Continue reading

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From Mark Twain’s observation on October stock market to Randy Martin’s on financialization of daily life

We are in mid-October, stock exchange indexes are falling and economic journalists are shouting and wondering: is the next October stock market crash approaching? That’s a good occasion to recall a good old Mark Twain’s observation: “October: This is one of the peculiarly … Continue reading

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The Causes of Structural Unemployment: Socio-political and Economic perspectives on Changes in Labor Markets

The Causes of Structural Unemployment skillfully integrates socio-political and economic perspectives to highlight the major changes in the structure of labor markets in affluent industrialized nations. Recent years have seen growing concern over declining jobs, and though corporate profits have picked up … Continue reading

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“Crisis, Value & Hope: Rethinking the Economy” — Current Anthropology special issue

“Crisis, value, and hope are three concepts whose intersection and mutual constitution open the door for a rethinking of the nature of economic life away from abstract models divorced from the everyday realities of ordinary people, the inadequacies of which … Continue reading

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Financial liberalization hurts non-financial sectors via a brain-drain effect & decreases labour productivity

This interesting (open access) paper “Finance as a Magnet for the Best and Brightest: Implications for the Real Economy” examines how the absorption of talent into the financial sector affects the real sectors in the economy. Based on a sample … Continue reading

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