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Private generosity and public regulation: understanding the Canadian chartered banks' philanthropic efforts in historical context

Young, Kevin (2006) Private generosity and public regulation: understanding the Canadian chartered banks' philanthropic efforts in historical context. Innovations: a Journal of Politics, 6 . pp. 33-52. ISSN 1480-6347

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Abstract

This article contributes to our understanding of financial power in Canada by highlighting the ways in which the Canadian chartered banks may have used philanthropy strategically to diffuse public hostility to their power. Taking an historical perspective, it is argued that it was in the 1990s that an important transformation took place in the Canadian banking sector: bank philanthropy not only accelerated, but also became more populist, and showed signs of being reactive to negative public attitudes about the concentration of financial power in Canada. To theorize these phenomena, the Gramscian notion of 'hegemony' is invoked to help explain the banking sectors’ collective behaviour.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.ucalgary.ca/innovations/
Additional Information: © 2006 Department of Political Science University of Calgary
Library of Congress subject classification: F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F1001 Canada (General)
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Sets: Departments > Government
Collections > Economists Online
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2010 16:49
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/26743/

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