Finance: Servant or Deceiver?: Financialization at the Crossroads

Finance: Servant or Deceiver?: Financialization at the Crossroads

by P. Dembinski


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During the last 30 years, finance has increased not only its share of economic activity but also of people's aspirations. This has transformed society by increasingly organizing it around the search for financial efficiency. Is a society based on fundamental values of free judgment, responsibility and solidarity still possible?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780230220379
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 12/03/2008
Edition description: 2009
Pages: 185
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

PAUL H. DEMBINSKI is a Professor at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, and the Director of the Observatoire de la Finance in Geneva, Switzerland. He is founder and editor of the bilingual journal Finance& the Common Good/Bien Commun. He has written many books and scientific articles in the field of internationalization of enterprises, competition, ethics and finance.

Table of Contents

Introduction PART I: THE FINANCIAL ICEBERG The Historical Development of Finance Players and Institutions The Financial World View PART II: A NEW PATTERN Financial Relationships and Financial Transactions The Spread of Transactions Very Large Corporations: The Vehicles of Financialization Financialization of the Economic Fabric Tying Customers to Businesses Other Aspects of Financialization Implication of the New Pattern PART III : FINANCE – WHAT KIND OF SOCIETY DO WE WANT? Limits Inherent in the Process Itself Limits Inherent in Human Nature What is to be Done? Bibliography Index

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