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Financialisation reinforced: the dual legacy of the covid pandemic

Lysandrou, P. & Ranjbaran, T. (2021). Financialisation reinforced: the dual legacy of the covid pandemic. Review of Evolutionary Political Economy, 2(3), doi: 10.1007/s43253-021-00053-4


This paper examines the impact of the covid pandemic on the financialisation process, here viewed as the growing domination of the world’s bond and equity markets over the world’s product markets. Two major arguments are advanced. The first is that the pandemic has reinforced the functionality of financial market scale, which is that its continuing growth signifies nothing other than that government and corporate organisations are colonising the future to cope with the rising financial pressures of the present. The second argument is that the pandemic has also accentuated one of the more notable dysfunctional aspects of the continuing growth of financial market scale, which is its enforcement of a core-periphery divide between the advanced and emerging market economies that occupy the global financial system. The paper concludes with some policy implications of the analysis that includes the call for a global wealth tax.

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Publisher Keywords: Financialisation, Covid pandemic, Colonisation of the future, Core-periphery divide, Global wealth tax
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > International Politics
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