Financialization has become the go-to term for scholars grappling with the growth of finance. This Handbook offers the first comprehensive survey of the scholarship on financialization, connecting finance with changes in politics, technology, culture, society and the economy.
It takes stock of the diverse avenues of research that comprise financialization studies and the contributions they have made to understanding the changes in contemporary societies driven by the rise of finance. The chapters chart the field’s evolution from research describing and critiquing the manifestations of financialization towards scholarship that pinpoints the driving forces, mechanisms and boundaries of financialization.
Written for researchers and students not only in economics but from across the social sciences and the humanities, this book offers a decidedly global and pluri-disciplinary view on financialization for those who are looking to understand the changing face of finance and its consequences.
“This will be an indispensable working tool, not just for specialists, in one of the central fields in contemporary political economy.”
Wolfgang Streeck, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne
“Presenting an impressive range of authors and perspectives, this Handbook succeeds at delivering a comprehensive mapping of financialization studies. It is imaginatively organised and manages to bring coherence to this untidy and rapidly growing research field. This inevitably critical collection of chapters not only covers the reach and effects of finance, but also conveys some hope for future definancialization.”
Julie Froud, Professor of Financial Innovation, University of Manchester