The recent financial crisis exposed both a naïve faith in mathematical models to manage risk and a crude culture of greed that embraces risk. This book explores cultures of finance in sites such as corporate governance, hedge funds, central banks, the City of London and Wall Street, and small and medium enterprises. It uses different methods to explore these cultures and their interaction with different financial orders to improve our understanding of financial crisis dynamics.
The introduction identifies types of cultural turn in studies of finance. Part I outlines relevant research methods, including comparison of national cultures viewed as independent variables, cultural political economy, and critical discourse and narrative policy analysis. Part II examines different institutional cultures of finance and the cult of entrepreneurship. Part III offers historical, comparative, and contemporary analyses of financial regimes and their significance for crisis dynamics. Part IV explores organizational cultures, modes of calculation, and financial practices and how they shape economic performance and guide crisis management. Part V considers crisis construals and responses in the European Union and China.
This book’s great strength is its multi-faceted approach to cultures of finance. Contributors deploy the cultural turn creatively to enhance comparative and historical analysis of financial regimes, institutions, organizations, and practices as well as their roles in crisis generation, construal, and management. Developing different paradigms and methods and elaborating diverse case studies, the authors illustrate not only how and why ‘culture matters’ but also how its significance is shaped by different financial regimes and contexts.Reseña del editor:
Cultural political economy is a distinctive and still evolving approach in the humanities and social sciences that explores the contribution of the cultural turn to the analysis of the economic and the political. The cultural turn is taken to be the highlighting of the importance of semiosis in social life which incorporates a wide range of elements including discourse, hermeneutics, iconography, narrative, performativity and more. This volume demonstrates the value of the cultural turn to the study of political economy and, in particular, its relevance to the analysis of finance. It is argued that financial affairs cannot be adequately interpreted and explained without regard to themes, methods, and substantive claims posed in recent decades by cultural political economy. The editors of this volume identify four types of cultural turn - thematic, methodological, ontological, and reflexive - and each of the contributions to the book addresses at least one of these. This includes innovative work on the culture of hedge funds and private equity firms, the rhetoric of regulatory reform, the significance of emotions such as greed, fear, confidence, etc., and financial economics as a cultural field. The editors, pioneers in the field, and the international cast of contributors have crafted a volume which represents a hugely significant contribution to the field of cultural political economy and the social study of finance.
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