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Securing Finance, Mobilizing Risk

Money Cultures at the Bank of England

By John Morris

Routledge

200 pages | 6 B/W Illus.

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Drawing on the history of modern finance, as well as the sociology of money and risk, this book examines how cultural understandings of finance have contributed to the increased capitalization of the UK financial system following the Global Financial Crisis. Providing both a geographically-inflected analysis and re-appraisal of the concept of performativity, it demonstrates that financial risk management has a spatiality that helps to inform understandings and imaginaries of the risks associated with money and finance.

The book traces the development of understandings of risk at the Bank of England, with an analysis that spans some 1,000 reports, documents and speeches alongside elite interviews with past and present employees at the central bank. The author argues that the Bank has moved from a relatively broad-brush approach to the risks being managed in the financial sector, to a greater preoccupation with the understanding and mapping of the mobilization of financial risk.

The study of financial practices from a critical social sciences and humanities perspective has grown rapidly since the Global Financial Crisis and this book will be of interest to multiple subject areas including IPE, economic geography, sociology of finance and critical security studies.

Reviews

"The important achievement of John Morris' Securing Finance, Mobilizing Risk is to bring the insights of the cultural economy literature to bear on the problematics of international political economy. The result is a conceptually and empirically sophisticated account that offers fresh insight into the contemporary operation of central banking and the way financial risk is governed." - Martijn Konings, University of Sydney, Australia

"At a time of growing perceived threats to financial stability from sources ranging from climate change to cybercrime, John Morris offers a lively and penetrating analysis of how and why the Bank of England’s attitudes toward stability risk and its measurement and management have been transformed in the years prior to and since the global financial crisis, and with what consequences. Understanding the Bank’s orientation to stability risk as a form of ‘speculative security’, Morris provides an account that will be of interest across the gamut of critical social studies of money and finance." - Brett Christophers, Uppsala University, Sweden

"John Morris astutely analyses the fine line that the Bank of England navigates between taming risk and speculating on risk. His attentiveness to misfires and improvisations in financial discourse reinvigorates the debate on financial performativity, and pushes it in new directions. Strongly recommended to anyone interested in the complex interrelations between finance and security, and the growing financial security literature." - Marieke de Goede, University of Amsterdam

Table of Contents

Introduction: Financial Stability as Speculative Security.

Part One: Performing Money Cultures in London

  1. London and the Bank of England.
  2. Money Cultures.
  3. Central Banking as a Performed Domain.
  4. Part Two: A Money Culture of Speculating on Risk

  5. Completing Credit Markets?
  6. A Fatal Flaw.
  7. Part Three: A Money Culture of Speculating for Risk

  8. Putting Risk Under a Microscope.
  9. Widening the Risk Imagination.
  10. Capitalisation and Resilience.

Conclusion: Financial Stability in the 21st Century.

About the Author

John Hogan Morris is Research Assistant in Responsible Finance in the Centre for Business in Society at Coventry University. He completed his PhD in 2015 in the Geography Department at Durham University (UK), and earlier that year his work won ‘Best Graduate Student Paper’ at the New Directions in International Political Economy Conference at University of Warwick. John has published in the Journal of Cultural Economy and is currently co-editing a special issue on ‘Security and Finance’ in the journal Finance & Society. He also has a section on ‘Financial Security’ in the International Political Economy of Everyday Life project. He has taught Economic Geography and International Political Economy at Durham University and University College London. John was an invited judge at the London Area Final of the Bank of England’s Two Point Zero challenge and has provided informal advice on public communications to the European Central Bank.

About the Series

RIPE Series in Global Political Economy

For almost two decades now, the RIPE Series published by Routledge has been an essential forum for cutting-edge scholarship in International Political Economy. The series brings together new and established scholars working in critical, cultural and constructivist political economy. Books in the RIPE Series typically combine an innovative contribution to theoretical debates with rigorous empirical analysis.

The RIPE Series seeks to cultivate:

  • Field-defining theoretical advances in International Political Economy
  • Novel treatments of key issue areas, both historical and contemporary, such as global finance, trade, and production
  • Analyses that explore the political economic dimensions of relatively neglected topics, such as the environment, gender relations, and migration
  • Accessible work that will inspire advanced undergraduates and graduate students in International Political Economy.

James Brassett – Warwick

Eleni Tsingou – Copenhagen Business School

Susanne Soederberg – Queen’s

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS027000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Finance
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General