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The Routledge Handbook of Financial Geography

ISBN 9780815369738
Published December 15, 2020 by Routledge
736 Pages 65 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This handbook is a comprehensive and up to date work of reference that offers a survey of the state of financial geography. With Brexit, a global recession triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as new financial technology threatening and promising to revolutionize finance, the map of the financial world is in a state of transformation, with major implications for development.

With these developments in the background, this handbook builds on this unprecedented momentum and responds to these epochal challenges, offering a comprehensive guide to financial geography. Financial geography is concerned with the study of money and finance in space and time, and their impacts on economy, society and nature. The book consists of 29 chapters organized in six sections: theoretical perspectives on financial geography, financial assets and markets, investors, intermediation, regulation and governance, and finance, development and the environment. Each chapter provides a balanced overview of current knowledge, identifying issues and discussing relevant debates. Written in an analytical and engaging style by authors based on six continents from a wide range of disciplines, the work also offers reflections on where the research agenda is likely to advance in the future.

The book’s key audience will primarily be students and researchers in geography, urban studies, global studies and planning, more or less familiar with financial geography, who seek access to a state-of-the art survey of this area. It will also be useful for students and researchers in other disciplines, such as finance and economics, history, sociology, anthropology, politics, business studies, environmental studies and other social sciences, who seek convenient access to financial geography as a new and relatively unfamiliar area. Finally, it will be a valuable resource for practitioners in the public and private sector, including business consultants and policy-makers, who look for alternative approaches to understanding money and finance.

Table of Contents


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List of Contributors


  1. Introduction
    Janelle Knox-Hayes and Dariusz Wójcik
  2. Part A. Theoretical perspectives in financial geography

  3. Financial and Business Services: A Guide for the Perplexed
    Dariusz Wójcik
  4. Foundations of Marxist Financial Geography
  5. Patrick Bond

  6. Cultural Economy of Finance
  7. Sarah Hall

  8. Beyond (de)regulation: law and the production of financial geographies
  9. Shaina Potts

  10. Financial Ecosystems and Ecologies
  11. Andrew Leyshon

    Part B. Financial assets and markets

  12. From Cowry Shells to Cryptos: Evolving geographies of currency
  13. Matthew Zook

  14. The geography of global stock markets and overseas listings
  15. Fenghua Pan

  16. Housing under the empire of finance
  17. Raquel Rolnik

  18. Commodities

Stephen Ouma

  1. Infrastructure: The Harmonization of an Asset Class and Implications for Local Governance
  2. Gabriella Y. Carolini and Isadora Cruxên

    Part C. Investors

  3. Long-Term Investment Management: The Principal–Agent Problem and Metrics of Performance
  4. Gordon L Clark and Ashby HB Monk

  5. Knowledge, experience, and financial decision-making
  6. Gordon L Clark

  7. Household Finance
  8. Christopher Harker and Johnna Montgomerie

  9. Impact investors: The ethical financialization of development, society and nature

Paul Langley

  1. The Foundations of Development Banking: A Critical Review
  2. Aniket Shah

    Part D. Intermediation

  3. Banks and Credit
  4. Lindsey Appleyard

  5. Insurance, and the prospects of insurability
  6. Kate Booth

  7. Unbundling value chains in finance: offshore labor and the geographies of finance
  8. Jana M. Kleibert

  9. FinTech: The dis/re-intermediation of finance?
  10. Karen P.Y. Lai

    Part E. Regulation and governance

  11. Legal Foundations of Finance
  12. Katharina Pistor

  13. Central Banks and the Governance of Monetary Space
  14. David S. Bieri

  15. Financial geography, imbalances and crises: Excavating the spatial dimensions of asymmetric power
  16. Gary Dymski

  17. Credit Rating Agencies in the Era of Neoliberal Capitalism
  18. Stefanos Ioannou

  19. Offshore and the Political and Legal Geography of Finance: 1066-2020 AD
  20. Daniel Haberly

    Part F. Finance, development and the environment

  21. Finance and Development in sub-Saharan Africa
  22. Susan Newman

  23. The renewable energy revolution: Risk, investor and financing structures – with case studies from Germany and Kenya
  24. Britta Klagge

  25. Finance and Climate Change
  26. Patrick Bigger and Wim Carton

  27. Environmental Sustainability and Finance

Janelle Knox-Hayes, Jungwoo Chun, and Priyanka deSouza


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Janelle Knox-Hayes is an Associate Professor of Economic Geography and Planning and Head of the Environmental Policy and Planning Group in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT.

Dariusz Wójcik is a Professor of Economic Geography at the School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford University, and Fellow of St Peter’s College, Oxford.