Financial Elites in European Banking: Historical Perspectives

ISBN : 9780198782797

Youssef Cassis; Giuseppe Telesca
272 Pages
156 x 234 mm
Pub date
Aug 2018
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What role have the financial elites in European societies and markets played over time? What was their contribution to the recent financial collapse, and how does this compare to previous crises? How have financial elites adjusted to, or influenced, the evolution of the financial system's regulatory framework over time? Financial Elites and European Banking: Historical Perspectives is a collection of essays dedicated to the European financial elites and the current debate on the role of experts within society. The ambiguities of the globalized economy over the last thirty years, epitomized by growing levels of inequality, have generated a feeling of distrust towards experts. Financial elites have become one of the most scrutinized targets of negative public opinion, triggered by the financial crisis, the high compensations enjoyed both before and after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, and the obscure nature of their activity. Financial Elites in European Banking presents hi


Giuseppe Telesca: Introduction
1 Youssef Cassis and Giuseppe Telesca: Financial crises and the public discourse on financial elites: A comparison between the Great Depression and the Great Recession
2 Giandomenico Piluso: Adjusting to financial instability in the interwar period. Italian financial elites, international cooperation and domestic regulation, 1919-1939
3 Niccolo Valmori: Reshaping strategies: merchants and bankers at the time of the French Revolution
4 Alberto Rinaldi and Michelangelo Vasta: Financial elites and the Italian corporate network, 1913-2001
5 Laure Quennouelle-Corre: French bankers and the transformation of the financial system in the second half of the twentieth century
6 TT Arvind, Joanna Gray, and Sarah Wilson: Financial elites, law, and regulation: A historical perspective
7 Mikael Wendschlag: Central bankers in twelve countries between 1950 and 2000: the making of a global elite
8 Alexis Frederic Drach: Basel banking supervisors and the construction of an international standard-setter institution
9 Leslie Hannah: Trust and regulation in corporate capital markets before 1914

About the author: 

Youssef Cassis is Professor of Economic History at the European University Institute, in Florence. His work mainly focuses on banking and financial history, as well as business history more generally. His most recent publications include Capitals of Capital: A History of International Financial Centres, 1780-2005 (Cambridge University Press, 2006, 2nd revised edition, 2009), Crises and Opportunities: The Shaping of Modern Finance (OUP, 2011), and, with Philip Cottrell, Private Banking in Europe: Rise, Retreat and Resurgence (OUP, 2015). He has also recently co-edited, with Richard Grossman and Catherine Schenk, The Oxford Handbook of Banking and Financial History, (OUP, 2016). Professor Cassis was the cofounder, in 1994, of Financial History Review (Cambridge University Press).; Giuseppe Telesca currently holds the position of Research Associate at the European University Institute (Fiesole, Italy) where he collaborates with Professor Youssef Cassis on a project on the Memories of Financial Crises. He obtained his PhD in economic and social history at the University of Florence and undertook post-doctoral research as Jean Monnet Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute. He has published on the history of the Italian banking system, the evolution of European financial elites, and the economic and urban impact of big sport events on host cities/countries.

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