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A Comparative History of Bank Failures: From Medici to Barings
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Sten Jonsson (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)
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A Comparative History of Bank Failures: From Medici to Barings

Sten Jonsson (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)



Financial crises & disasters;
Economic history;


196 pages

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Starting with Medici and Fugger and ending with Barings and Royal Bank of Scotland under neo-liberal de-regulation, the author gives an account of how a number of banks failed over a 500 year-period. The author offers an explanation of the leading ideas about the world and good society at the time, and summarizes this narrative using Streeck & Schmitter's three bases for regulation of society: Community (spontaneous solidarity), State (hierarchical control), and Market (dispersed competition).

The bank failures are presented in the context of social philosophies of the day (scholasticism, mercantilism, neo-liberalism, and libertarianism), and the changing business practices (Bills of Exchange, rents and financial instruments of various kinds). The dominating explanation of financial crises has been market-related. Here, the author argues that managerial failures are an important contributor. He demonstrates the failure of management to act on early signals such as existential risk, strategic stress syndrome, and lack of proper oversight by top management. The author encourages a return to ethical principles for banks, suggesting that his ethical aspect should be at the core of the credit process of banks in the future.

With its interdisciplinary approach, this book will be an important contribution to the discussion surrounding bank failures. It will interest any scholar looking at the origins of financial crises and will be particularly useful for post-graduate students of economic and financial history, banking, finance and accounting.

By:   Sten Jonsson (University of Gothenburg Sweden)
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Volume:   10
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 159mm, 
ISBN:   9780367191092
ISBN 10:   0367191091
Series:   Banking, Money and International Finance
Pages:   196
Publication Date:   May 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Further / Higher Education ,  A / AS level
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Forthcoming

Sten Joensson is professor emeritus in Business Administration (esp. Scandinavian Management) at Gothenburg University (appointed 1976), Sweden. His research has been focused on field studies of managers in action in various industries. Over the last few years he has led a research program on bank management.

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