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Global Finance

1st Edition

By Robert J. Holton


120 pages

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Written under the shadow of the global financial crisis, this book charts the current shape of global finance and tries to explain why the crisis arose – and what can be done about it. Economics alone cannot fully explain how global finance operates, and why it is so crisis prone. Global Finance offers a wider approach in three key ways, by:

  • setting markets and financial market failure in a historical context
  • bringing politics and culture back into the analysis of global finance
  • drawing on the latest thinking by sociologists of economic life.

With a convincing argument for better regulation of markets, Robert Holton provides a fascinating insight into the volatile and often misunderstood world of global finance. This is a key text for undergraduate students of sociology, economics, business, and politics, as well as being an incisive, informative read for anyone with an interest in this topical issue.

Table of Contents

Series editor’s preface. Preface. 1. Global Finance 2. Global Finance: What It Is and How It Operates 3. The History and Social Geography of Global Finance 4. The Social Actors in Global Finance: Market Culture and Financial Knowledge 5. Society and Finance: An Alternative Theoretical Approach 6. Global Finance and Public Policy. Glossary. Bibliography. Webliography.

About the Author

Robert J. Holton is Professor Emeritus in Sociology at Trinity College, Dublin, and Adjunct Professor of Sociology, at Flinders University of South Australia. His publications include Globalization and the Nation-State (2011), Cosmopolitanisms: New Thinking and New Directions (2009), Global Networks (2008) and Making Globalization (2005).

About the Series


Shortcuts is a major new series of concise, accessible introductions to some of the major issues of our times. The series is developed as an A to Z coverage of emergent or new social, cultural and political phenomena. Issues and topics covered range from food to fat, from climate change to suicide bombing, from love to zombies. Whilst the principal focus of Shortcuts is the relevance of current issues, topics and debates to the social sciences and humanities, the books will also appeal to a wider audience seeking guidance on how to engage with today’s leading social, political and philosophical debates. Short and concise, the books will include cutting-edge pedagogical features such as a glossary of key terms, one-page argument summaries and a webliography.

Anthony Elliott is Director of the Hawke Research Institute, where he is Research Professor of Sociology at the University of South Australia. He is also Visiting Professor at University College Dublin, Ireland. His contact information is:


Professor Anthony Elliott, FASSA

Director, Hawke Research Institute

Research Professor of Sociology

University of South Australia

GPO Box 2471

Adelaide SA 5001


Tel.: 61 8 8302 1084

Email: [email protected]



UCD School of Sociology
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Tel: +353 1 716 8674
Fax: +353 1 716 1125

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General