Finance: Servant Or Deceiver?: Financialization At The Crossroads

Hardcover | December 3, 2008

byP. Dembinski

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During the last 30 years, finance has increased not only its share of economic activity but also of peoples 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? This book answers this crucial question.

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During the last 30 years, finance has increased not only its share of economic activity but also of peoples 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? This boo...

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 enter...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:196 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.03 inPublished:December 3, 2008Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230220371

ISBN - 13:9780230220379

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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?