There can be no doubt that the influence of the financial sphere has intensified rapidly in recent years, but there is much debate about the effect of that influence. The aftermath of the Financial Crisis has led to numerous discussions of the phenomenon of so-called financialization: the increasing impact of financial institutions on the activity of all business entities; emerging threats related with dynamically developing financial markets and the growing importance of financial themes. In light of these issues, which appear in all economies and touch all entities and every area of economic activity, there is a need for a summary and evaluation of the role of financialization in the world today.
This monograph presents the role of financialization in the modern world. It shows positive as well as negative effects of financialization on the stability of the whole economy, the functioning of different types of markets, activity of enterprises, state institutions and behaviours of households. Written by expert contributors, this book plays an important role in the debate concerning future directions of development of the financial sector and financial markets.
Financialization and the Economy is of great importance to those who study political economy, macroeconomics and banking.
Agata Gemzik- Salwach and Krzysztof Opolski
Financialization: impact on the structure of economy and economic mechanisms
Chapter 1. Financialization and economic and social performance
Chapter 2. Developing and emerging countries as finance providers: foreign exchange reserves and direct investment to the European Union
Jan Toporowski and Bruno Bonizzi
Chapter 3. Does sustainable global prosperity require global financial governance?
Gary A. Dymski
Chapter 4. The macroeconomic determinants of financial literacy in the European Union (on the example of numeracy skills)
Tomasz Potocki and Krzysztof Opolski
Financialization: impact on financial institutions and financial markets
Chapter 5. Bank failures and their implications for payment intermediation in conditions of financialization
Chapter 6. The Franc Zone: Can the operations account mechanism survive the push for financial deepening?
Chapter 7. Alternative investment funds under new financial and legislative reality and Russian specific
Oksana Martanus and Elena Merekina
Chapter 8. Financial risk and financialisation
Financialization: impact on society, households and companies
Chapter 9. Inequality in the twenty-first century – in need of a new theory?
Chapter 10. Financialization and going into debt of households in Poland
Chapter 11. Financial exclusion and rationality of financial behaviour in view of financialisation
Chapter 12. The sources of corporate savings in the era of financialization
The 2007-8 Banking Crash has induced a major and wide-ranging discussion on the subject of financial (in)stability and a need to revaluate theory and policy. The response of policy-makers to the crisis has been to refocus fiscal and monetary policy on financial stabilisation and reconstruction. However, this has been done with only vague ideas of bank recapitalisation and ‘Keynesian’ reflation aroused by the exigencies of the crisis, rather than the application of any systematic theory or theories of financial instability.
Routledge Critical Studies in Finance and Stability, edited by Jan Toporowski from SOAS, University of London covers a range of issues in the area of finance including instability, systemic failure, financial macroeconomics in the vein of Hyman P. Minsky, Ben Bernanke and Mark Gertler, central bank operations, financial regulation, developing countries and financial crises, new portfolio theory and New International Monetary and Financial Architecture.