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Understanding financial globalization

Walter, Andrew (2002) Understanding financial globalization. RSIS working papers (25). Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, Singapore.

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Understanding the nature, origins and consequences of global finance is a central task for contemporary political economy. This paper makes three arguments. First, contemporary levels of financial integration are high by historical standards, even if they are not absolutely as high as some believe. Second, it is now reasonably well-established that financial globalisation is not yet the great ‘levelling force’ implied in some IPE literature, where it is seen as an increasingly powerful structural constraint upon national policy autonomy in all countries. The extent to which financial globalisation constrains state policy varies considerably both across countries and by policy area, depending upon various national characteristics and institutional structures. Third, most of the costs and risks entailed by financial globalization fall upon developing countries.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2002 Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2011 16:39
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 22:52

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