Finance at Work

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Valérie Boussard
Routledge, 6 juil. 2017 - 280 pages

In the collective psyche, a financier is a capitalist. In managerial capitalism, the notion of the ‘manager’ emerged, and the role of the manager was distinct from the role of the ‘owner’. Financial capitalism is similarly underpinned by financiers who are not the holders of the financial assets they buy, sell, trade or advise upon.

Finance at Work explores the world of financiers, be they finance-oriented CEOs, CFOs, financial journalists, mergers and acquisitions’ advisors or wealth managers. Part I investigates the professional trajectories of members of corporate boards and financialisation as the dissemination of financial logic outside its primary ‘iron cage’; Part II responds by studying financiers at work within financial occupations or financial operations involving external actors; while Part III pursues the issue of financial boundaries by seeking out the way financial logic crosses these boundaries. Part IV takes back the hypothesis of differentiations within finance presented in Part I, and analyses the internal boundaries of asset management, wealth management and leveraged buyout (LBO) acquisitions.

This book is essential reading for researchers and academics within the field of finance who aim to understand the ‘spread of finance’ in contemporary societies.

 

Table des matières

List of figures
PART I
Figures
Financiers at work financialisation on the march
Calibration and the working practices
Financialisation through socialisation
PART II
Rate of ownership of financial and nonfinancial assets in 1986
Financialisation through the trajectories of business school
executive position
to which they belong month by month
PART IV
Professional rhetoric
The duality of the LBO field
affiliation network
References

When local bankers face social protest
The role of finance
Individual careers

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À propos de l'auteur (2017)

Valérie Boussard is Professor of Sociology and Head of the Department of Sociology at the Paris Nanterre University, France. Her works are focused on the managerialisation and financialisation of contemporary firms through the analysis of professional and occupational groups which take part in such dynamics.

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