In the collective psyche, a financier is a capitalist. In managerial capitalism, the notion of the ‘manager’ emerged, and the role of the manager was distinct from the role of the ‘owner’. Financial capitalism is similarly underpinned by financiers who are not the holders of the financial assets they buy, sell, trade or advise upon.
Finance at Work explores the world of financiers, be they finance-oriented CEOs, CFOs, financial journalists, mergers and acquisitions’ advisors or wealth managers. Part I investigates the professional trajectories of members of corporate boards and financialisation as the dissemination of financial logic outside its primary ‘iron cage’; Part II responds by studying financiers at work within financial occupations or financial operations involving external actors; while Part III pursues the issue of financial boundaries by seeking out the way financial logic crosses these boundaries. Part IV takes back the hypothesis of differentiations within finance presented in Part I, and analyses the internal boundaries of asset management, wealth management and leveraged buyout (LBO) acquisitions.
This book is essential reading for researchers and academics within the field of finance who aim to understand the ‘spread of finance’ in contemporary societies.
Table of Contents
List of Figures
List of Tables
Notes on Contributors
Introduction: Financiers at work, financialisation on the march
PART I The boundaries of finance: Exclusionary process, social closure and inner regulation
Introduction: Interrogating financialization as an analytic
Chapter 1 Let’s make the company a bunch of figures: Professional representations in mergers and acquisitions firms
Valérie Boussard and Marie-Anne Dujarier
Chapter 2 Matching the market: Calibration and the working practices of quants
Chapter 3 Buying it: Financialisation through socialisation
Natascha van der Zwan
Chapter 4 Financial logic and bankers’ institutional entrepreneurship: The politics of the "zombies" debate in bankruptcy proceedings at the Commercial Court of Paris (2000–2005)
Emmanuel Lazega, Lise Mounier and Sylvan Lemaire
Passing through boundaries: Financiers as intermediaries in conversion to financial logics
Introduction: Financialising economic activities
Chapter 5 The financialization of the private wealth of farmers: Is it the work of the banks?
Gilles Laferté and Abdoul Diallo
Chapter 6 Financial backlash: When local bankers face social protest
Chapter 7 The assetisation of South African farmland: The role of finance and brokers
Antoine Ducastel and Ward Anseeuw
Crossing boundaries: Individual careers as vehicles for financialisation
Introduction: The financialisation of finance: The transformation of the French financial eli
Valérie Boussard is Professor of Sociology and Head of the Department of Sociology at the Paris Nanterre University, France. Her works are focused on the managerialisation and financialisation of contemporary firms through the analysis of professional and occupational groups which take part in such dynamics.