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Geofinance between Political and Financial Geographies
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Geofinance between Political and Financial Geographies

A Focus on the Semi-Periphery of the Global Financial System

9781789903843 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Silvia Grandi, Department of Statistical Sciences ‘Paolo Fortunati’, University of Bologna, Italy, Christian Sellar, Department of Public Policy Leadership, University of Mississippi, US and Juvaria Jafri, Department of International Politics, City, University of London, UK
Publication Date: 2019 ISBN: 978 1 78990 384 3 Extent: 264 pp
This edited collection explores the boundaries between political and financial geographies, focusing on the linkages between the changing strategies, policies and institutions of the state. It also investigates banks and other financial institutions affected by both state policies and a globalizing financial system, and the financial resources available to firms as well as households. In so doing, the book highlights how an empirical focus on the semi-periphery of the financial system may generate new perspectives on the entanglement between (geo) politics and finance.

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This timely book offers important new insights into the boundaries between political and financial geographies, focusing on the links between the changing strategies, policies and institutions of the state. It investigates banks and other financial institutions affected by both state policies and a globalizing financial system, and the financial resources available to firms as well as households. In so doing, the book highlights how an empirical focus on the semi-periphery of the financial system may generate new perspectives on the entanglement between geopolitics and finance.

Chapters explore a range of place-specific relations, highlighting the impact of state-led reforms, the importance of models, innovation and adaptation to local conditions, and bank intermediation. Conceptually, the book engages with insights from a variety of disciplines in order to explore the connections between geopolitical and geo-economic discourses, public finance and foreign policy, the practices and localization of financial institutions, and the evolution of strategies for globalizing firms.

Political and financial geographers will find this book to be a compelling read, as it sheds new light on the semi-periphery, which is often overlooked in studies addressing the global financial system. Economic policy-makers working on the nexus between politics, finance and development will also benefit from reading this book.
Critical Acclaim
‘In examining the boundaries between political and financial geographies, Grandi, Sellar and Jafri pose important questions about the nature and interrelations of geography, law, science, politics and finance. Their volume represents a rich tapestry that examines the evolution of international financial institutions as well as their social, political and economic ramifications across “semi-peripheral financial areas”. The emphasis on the complex web of relations between governments, firms and households across under-represented locations deepens the reader’s understanding of the intricate flows of finance as they operate across time and place, with a geopolitical focus that links power, politics and policy. This is an impressive volume that will speak to academics and practitioners with an interest in financial geography alike.’
– Janelle Knox-Hayes, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US

‘The contemporary world economy is a financialized one. The editors and authors of this collection are very successful in analysing some of the significant political geographical dimensions of global and networked finance in semi-peripheries that have hitherto been mostly neglected in English-language scholarship. Founded on extensive empirical materials and laced with cogent conceptual insights, this book is essential reading for anyone interested in the spatialities of finance of the contemporary geopolitical condition.’
– Sami Moisio, University of Helsinki, Finland
Contributors
Contributors: S. Ageeva, G. Battisti, F. Betioli Contel, S. Grandi, J. Jafri, G. Lim, A. Mishura, T.T. Nguyen, M. Percoco, U. Rosati, C. Sellar, E. Stavrova, E. Yilmaz
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Contents:

Foreword by Dariusz Wójcik ix
Introduction: theorizing semi-peripheral geographies of finance and
banking 1
Christian Sellar, Silvia Grandi and Juvaria Jafri
1 Geofinance/banking between political and financial geographies 15
Christian Sellar, Silvia Grandi and Juvaria Jafri

PART I SPATIAL STRUCTURES OF FINANCE AND
BANKING
2 The geography of International Financial Institutions: what
can this tell us? 31
Silvia Grandi
3 Shadow banking: a geographical interpretation 47
Gianfranco Battisti
4 Spatial development and offshore financial chains 65
Umberto Rosati
5 Financial system and urban networks: an empirical analysis of
Brazilian territory 79
Fabio Betioli Contel
PART II THE STATE–BANK–FIRM NEXUS IN THE
FINANCE SEMI-PERIPHERIES

6 Italian banks and business services as knowledge pipelines for
SMEs: examples from Central and Eastern Europe 91
Christian Sellar
7 Spatial aspects of the Russian banking system: transformation
and access to credit for small Russian firms 120
Svetlana Ageeva and Anna Mishura
8 Bulgaria’s banking system: outside and inside the financial
geography of Europe 138
Elena Stavrova
9 Banking reform in Vietnam: persistence of the state? 155
Guanie Lim and Thong Tien Nguyen

PART III MICRO-LEVEL ACTION AND REACTION OF
PEOPLE AND FIRMS
10 Cross-currency swaps and local credit money creation in the
Turkish banking system 176
Engin Yılmaz
11 Geographical aspects of recent banking crises in Italy 195
Marco Percoco
12 Shadow financial citizenship and the contradictions of
financial inclusion in Pakistan 213
Juvaria Jafri

Index 243

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