A Crisis of the Overcrowded Future: Shadow Banking and the Political Economy of Financial Innovation

Nesvetailova, A. (2014). A Crisis of the Overcrowded Future: Shadow Banking and the Political Economy of Financial Innovation. New Political Economy, 20(3), pp. 431-453. doi: 10.1080/13563467.2014.951428

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This article focuses on the role the shadow banking system played in the financial crisis of 2007–9. Engaging with emergent theories of shadow banking, I inquire into its structural role in contemporary capitalism. My main premise here is that the crisis of 2007–9 is distinct in financial history because it did not centre on any organised market. Rather, it was crisis of the overcrowded financial channels bridging the present and the future, which have become congested because of the massive concentration of financial values generated, yet not sustained, through the shadow banking network. My analysis suggests that shadow banking has determined the nature of financial crisis of 2007–9 and continues to play a necessary role in financial capitalism based on futurity. Drawing on scholarship in financial Keynesianism, contemporary legal studies and early evolutionary political economy, I argue that shadow banking is best seen as the organic institutional infrastructure of financialised capitalism based on debt and geared towards futurity, a concept originally developed by John Commons.

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Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in New Political Economy on 26 Sept 2014, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13563467.2014.951428
Uncontrolled Keywords: shadow banking, securitisation, financial innovation, debt, futurity
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: School of Social Sciences > Department of International Politics
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/8547

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