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 5: Financial system and urban networks: an empirical analysis of Brazilian territory

Fabio Betioli Contel


This chapter establishes an analysis of the Brazilian financial system through the identification of the main cities that behave like financial centres. Thus far, scholars conducted studies of financial centres either following a historical or a theoretical approach. Combining these two approaches to study of the Brazilian case, the chapter carries out a wide-ranging bibliographical review of the main scholars of the subject, as well as a systematic documental research in official databases on the following subjects: stock exchanges, banking system and business/corporate services. The results show the ascendancy of the city of São Paulo and the dispute over lesser functions by the cities of Brasilia and Rio de Janeiro in the national urban network.

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