Pension Fund Capitalism

Paperback | February 15, 2000

byGordon Clark

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The growth of pension funds has been nothing short of astronomical. Pension funds now dominate the world's financial markets, affecting nations' wealth, community development, and industrial well being. Yet little is known about their structure and organization. Pension funds and their agentsin the investment industry control enormous sums of money, profoundly affecting the structure and performance of nation-states and the global economy. At the same time, it is also apparent that many western governments are retreating from the provision of 'public good' once thought essential to thefabric of urban life. Clark agues that if we are to understand the long-term future of the western economies (in general) and our communities (in particular), we need also to understand how institutional investors allocate assets, mobilize funds, and make investment decisions. There are few studies of the relationship between pension funds and the financial services industry. Pension Fund Capitalism fills an important gap in the literature as well as the intersection between pension funds and public policy.

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The growth of pension funds has been nothing short of astronomical. Pension funds now dominate the world's financial markets, affecting nations' wealth, community development, and industrial well being. Yet little is known about their structure and organization. Pension funds and their agentsin the investment industry control enormous ...

Gordon Clark is Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography and Fellow of St Peter's College, University of Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:February 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199240485

ISBN - 13:9780199240487

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Table of Contents

The State in RetreatPension Fund CapitalismFunctional and Spatial Structure of investment ManagementCompetition and Innovation in Investment ManagementPension Fund Trustee Decision MakingCorruption and Investment Decision MakingFour models of Financial IntermediationProvision of Urban InfrastructureContested TerrainCommunity and Solidarity

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`Even those not interested directly in the topic of urban infrastructure investment ... will find the book rewarding, as a source of challenging, original thinking on fundamental issues linked to the investment of pension assets.' E. Phillip Davis, Investment and Pensions Europe, Jul/Aug. 00.