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Martijn Konings

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Chapter 32: Governing the System: Risk, Finance and Neoliberal Reason

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Governing the System: Risk, Finance and Neoliberal Reason
Governing the System: Risk, Finance and Neoliberal Reason
Martijn Konings
Introduction

A notable trend since the financial crisis of 2007–08 has been the growing public prominence of concerns about systemic risk, the possibility that the risk assumed by large institutions could jeopardize the stability of the financial system at large. The issue has featured prominently on international and national reform agendas and has become the subject of a rapidly growing political economy literature (Baker, 2013; Datz, 2013). That literature has argued that problems of system risk had been building up since the start of financial expansion from approximately the early 1980s; that the influence of neoliberal interests and ideas suppressed awareness of this and ...

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