This book examines the political origins of financial institutions across fifteen developed democracies, with focused case studies on the US, France, Japan, Austria, and Germany.
The institutional arrangements of financial systems are widely seen as a central distinguishing feature of ‘varieties of capitalism’. Through a wide-range of case studies, this book contends that political battles between landed interests, labor, and owners of capital have fundamentally shaped modern financial arrangements. Demonstrating how these conflicts have shaped contemporary financial architecture in a number of different contexts, author Richard W. Carney offers an innovative approach to explaining the distinctive capitalist arrangements of nation-states. By demonstrating the importance of landed interests to nations’ institutional configurations, the book has clear implications for developing countries such as India and China.
Providing a detailed account of the development of financial institutions, this book will be of interest to students and scholars of political science, sociology, business, finance, and law. It will also offer insights valuable to government policymakers, analysts at international organizations, and the business community.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Questions and Explanations 1. Introduction 2. Theory Part 2: Broad Patterns 3. Patterns during the Twentieth Century Part 3: Cases 4. Class Conflict 5. Social Contract 6. Urban vs. Rural Cleavages 7. Property vs. Voice Part 4: Conclusions 8. Key Lessons
Richard W. Carney is Assistant Professor at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.