Geofinance between Political and Financial Geographies
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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.
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Chapter 2: The geography of International Financial Institutions: what can this tell us?

Silvia Grandi

Abstract

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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