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State Capacity in Financial Times

Abstract : The financial crisis revealed the vulnerability of states with financialized economies, but also the extraordinary measures they had recourse to in order to reign in market forces. This chapter argues that this paradox is based on another contradiction: the ambiguity of government–finance relations. While financial institutions are considered to be the culprits of the recent crisis, they were also necessary to support government action and enable a quick recovery. Undoing the ties between banks and states is thus not only a response to conflicts of interests. Uncoupling banks from states through European financial integration also contains risks for future crisis management.
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Cornelia Woll. State Capacity in Financial Times. Desmond King; Patrick Le Galès. Reconfiguring European States in Crisis, Oxford University Press, pp.201 - 214, 2017, 9780198793373. ⟨hal-02286808⟩



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