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Christian Sellar

There are few analyses available on the role of finance and business consultancies in post-socialist economic geographies and even fewer on the internationalization of small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Both of these issues are addressed in this chapter which focuses on Italian banks and business services with relationships to SME outsourcing practices in Central and Eastern Europe. The basic premise of this chapter is that there is a nexus between the internationalization of banks, services and SMEs when analysed within the framework of the Uppsala internationalization process model. Specifically, banks and services allow the mobilization of resources forming knowledge pipelines between Italian firms and Central and Eastern European regional economies.

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Edited by Silvia Grandi, Christian Sellar and Juvaria Jafri

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Christian Sellar, Silvia Grandi and Juvaria Jafri

The introduction describes the focus of the book as an exploration of the boundaries between political and financial geographies. Specifically, it interrogates linkages between the changing spatialities and policies of the state, the evolution of a globalizing financial system, and the consequences of this for people and firms. In so doing, it makes two key claims. First, more attention needs to be paid to areas in between the core of the financial system and the recent investigations of financial peripheries. Thus, it defines the geographical scope of the book as focused on semi-peripheral financial areas, that is, established industrial or emerging economies outside the financial centres of North America, North-Western Europe and East Asia where financial industries are established but do not have the same level of global influence as the core. Second, a focus on the semi-periphery enables us to better view the entanglement between globalizing finance and banks and larger geostrategic processes affecting the spatiality of the nation state.

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Christian Sellar, Silvia Grandi and Juvaria Jafri

This chapter proposes the notion of geofinance/banking to engage in and advance debates in both financial and political geography. Therefore, the first section of this chapter summarizes key concepts in financial geography; the second section makes the case for looking at finance from a political geographical standpoint; the third expands on the notion of geofinance/banking; and the fourth and fifth sections discuss broader implications of this as a model to understand finance in the semi-peripheries.

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Geofinance between Political and Financial Geographies

A Focus on the Semi-Periphery of the Global Financial System

Edited by Silvia Grandi, Christian Sellar and Juvaria Jafri

This edited collection explores the boundaries between political and financial geographies, focusing on the linkages between the changing strategies, policies and institutions of the state. It also investigates banks and other financial institutions affected by both state policies and a globalizing financial system, and the financial resources available to firms as well as households. In so doing, the book highlights how an empirical focus on the semi-periphery of the financial system may generate new perspectives on the entanglement between (geo) politics and finance.