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Silvia Grandi

For mainstream studies of finance, the analysis of the geographical patterns of IFIs is a marginal consideration. This despite the immense influence of structures and patterns entailed by localization, polarization, distribution, power relations in boards and bodies, access to private financial powers or services, and the behaviours of geopolitical institutions. These are all factors that underpin the dominance of global finance, and the perspectives and geography of the world banking system. In this chapter, we address this chasm by mapping the changing landscape of the global financial architecture, with particular attention paid to IFIs.

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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.