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Financially engineering a “self-generative” political economy of creditworthiness: expertocratic exemption problems for sustainable debt and democracy

Paudyn, Bartholomew (2022) Financially engineering a “self-generative” political economy of creditworthiness: expertocratic exemption problems for sustainable debt and democracy. Competition and Change. ISSN 1024-5294

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Identification Number: 10.1177/10245294221105567

Abstract

Repeated crises have proven credit rating agency (CRA) models/methods erroneous and “business-as-usual” unsustainable. Nevertheless, considerable dubious “default risk” management and technoscientific capitalist expertise remain unchanged. Unpacking sovereign ratings, we appreciate how “debt sustainability analysis” (DSA) distortions underpin expertocratic CRA (default) anomaly. Their neoliberal “politics of limits” performance helps market (shareholder) imperatives trump those of democratic (stakeholder) politics. Given surging inflation and debt (distress) to remedy Covid-19-induced shocks, ratings aid constitute and (re)validate the subjectivities/affinities and organizational conditions advancing a “self-equilibrating,” “self-generative” agencement political economy of creditworthiness (PEC). Antagonizing sustainable budgetary government’s programmatic/expertocratic and operational/democratic asymmetry, econophysics ratings diminish fiscal sovereignty. Universal PEC management through hybrid credit risk/uncertainty qualculation mitigates negative externality contestation shielding CRAs from serious reform. Ratings procyclicality and contagion reinforce this precarious sociotechnical agencement PEC as the status quo.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © The Author(s) 2022.
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2022 10:24
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2022 10:42
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/115426

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