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A comparative history of bank failures : from Medici to Barings

Author: Sten A Jönsson
Publisher: London : Routledge, 2019. ©2019
Series: Banking, money and international finance.
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Starting with Medici and Fugger and ending with Barings and Royal Bank of Scotland under neo-liberal de-regulation, the author gives an account of how a number of banks failed over a 500 year-period. The author offers an explanation of the leading ideas about the world and good society at the time, and summarizes this narrative using Streeck & Schmitter's three bases for regulation of society: Community (spontaneous  Read more...
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Jönsson, Sten A., 1940-
Comparative history of bank failures.
New York : Routledge, 2019
(DLC) 2019001662
(OCoLC)1081435453
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Sten A Jönsson
ISBN: 9780429200489 042920048X 9780429573514 0429573510 9780429577734 0429577737 9780429575624 0429575629
OCLC Number: 1097183546
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 195 pages) : illustrations
Contents: The problem with the role of banks --
Community as centre of authority: banks are squeezed between the necessities of business, power politics, and the afterlife --
Transition from regulation by State to regulation by Market --
Market as ideology: toward the financial crisis of 2008 --
Concluding remarks.
Series Title: Banking, money and international finance.
Responsibility: Sten Jönsson.

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Starting with Medici and Fugger and ending with Barings and Royal Bank of Scotland under neo-liberal de-regulation, the author gives an account of how a number of banks failed over a 500 year-period. The author offers an explanation of the leading ideas about the world and good society at the time, and summarizes this narrative using Streeck & Schmitter's three bases for regulation of society: Community (spontaneous solidarity), State (hierarchical control), and Market (dispersed competition). The bank failures are presented in the context of social philosophies of the day (scholasticism, mercantilism, neo-liberalism, and libertarianism), and the changing business practices (Bills of Exchange, rents and financial instruments of various kinds). The dominating explanation of financial crises has been market-related. Here, the author argues that managerial failures are an important contributor. He demonstrates the failure of management to act on early signals such as existential risk, strategic stress syndrome, and lack of proper oversight by top management. The author encourages a return to ethical principles for banks, suggesting that his ethical aspect should be at the core of the credit process of banks in the future. With its interdisciplinary approach, this book will be an important contribution to the discussion surrounding bank failures. It will interest any scholar looking at the origins of financial crises and will be particularly useful for post-graduate students of economic and financial history, banking, finance and accounting.

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