New book: Inventing Value

Inventing Value: The Social Construction of Monetary Worth. Dave Elder-Vass, Cambridge University Press 2022. Value is central to the market sectors of the contemporary economy, yet the best-established theories of value fail to expose how it operates and how it is manipulated for profit. This book begins to reconstruct the …

New article: Financial subordination through water infrastructures

The everyday construction of value: A Canadian investment fund, Chilean water infrastructure, and financial subordination. Michael Pryke and John Allen. Finance and Society, EarlyView (2022). Infrastructure in several economies in the Global South has rapidly undergone financialization, aided and abetted by governments opening-up their infrastructure assets to global institutional investors in …

CFP: Critical finance studies conference, 2023

Critical finance studies conference 2023. Institute for Mediterranean Studies, Crete, 21-23 June. The Critical Finance Studies conference goes to Crete next year. The 2023 conference will take place at the Institute for Mediterranean Studies in Rethymno. The organisers are encouraging work that “seeks to engage finance in new and critical …

Special issue: Structural power of finance meets financialization

Politics & Society, vol. 50 no. 4 (2022). Edited by Florence Dafe, Sandy Brian Hager, Natalya Naqvi, and Leon Wansleben. With contributions from the editors, Ayca Zayim, Lena Rethel, Elsa Clara Massoc, Benjamin Braun, and Manolis Kalaitzake.   The contributions to this special issue engage with how decades of financialization …

Special issue: Recentering central banks

Economy and Society, vol. 51 no. 4 (2022). Edited by Nathan Coombs and Matthias Thiemann. With contributions from the editors, Jacqueline Best, Edin Ibrocevic, Stephanie Mudge and Antoine Vauchez, and Hirokazu Miyazaki and Annelise Riles. This special issue argues that to make sense of the increased prominence of central banks …

Special issue: FinTech in Africa

Journal of Cultural Economy, vol. 15 no. 4 (2022). Edited by Paul Langley and Daivi Rodima-Taylor. With contributions from the editors, Andrew Leyshon, Vincent Guermond, Abbi Kedir and Euphrasie Kouame, Rob Aitken, and more. Applications of digital technologies to retail money and finance have gathered pace across the globe over …

New article: The role of the Fed during the crisis of 1974

Caught between frontstage and backstage: The failure of the Federal Reserve to halt rule evasion in the financial crisis of 1974. Pierre-Christian Fink. American Sociological Review, OnlineFirst (2022). Rule evasion by companies is a major driver of change in contemporary market societies. Recent research holds that periods of market instability …