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Sabotage

The Business of Finance

Anastasia Nesvetailova Ronen Palan

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Allen Lane
04 February 2020
Two star authors show why the financial sector is an 'industry of sabotage', with systemic malpractice at the heart of its business model.

'I don't like the word sabotage ,' - a former Goldman Sachs trader admitted. 'It's just harsh . . . Though, frankly, how else do you make money in this business . . . I mean, real money . . . ' Financial malpractice, we're told, is an aberration- the actions of a few bad apples deviating from the norms of a market-governed process and gaming the system. In Sabotage, political scientists Anastasia Nesvetailova and Ronen Palan blow this fiction apart, showing that sabotage is not an anomaly, but part of the business model of finance - and always has been. Abusive lending practices, misleading investors, manipulating prices, deliberately falsifying figures, cheating, obstruction and taking advantage of 'the dumbest person in the room' - they're actually the main source of profitability in finance, and the surest way to a bonus. If you want to make money in the industry, you need to find ways of sabotaging either your clients, your competitors or the government (or all three), and above all, the market itself. Talking to industry insiders, economists and high net worth customers, examining the history of finance and its workings today, the authors show us how the idea of sabotage not only makes sense of all past economic crises, but must also be at the heart of all future regulations.
By:   Anastasia Nesvetailova, Ronen Palan
Imprint:   Allen Lane
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 240mm,  Width: 162mm,  Spine: 25mm
Weight:   442g
ISBN:   9780241308158
ISBN 10:   0241308151
Pages:   240
Publication Date:   04 February 2020
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Out of Print

Anastasia Nesvetailova is the Director of the City Political Economy Research Centre and author of numerous academic and media articles on financial crises and stability. She teaches at City University, London. Ronen Palan is Professor of International Political Economy at City University, London. he was written extensively on the political economy of the state and globalisation, as well as specialising in offshore finance.

Reviews for Sabotage: The Business of Finance

Nesvetailova and Palan trace how financiers have corrupted the purpose of the corporation, undermined our tax authorities, foxed the regulators, evaded the forces of law and order, and generally rigged markets in their favour. There's a word for all this - sabotage. And as it has unfolded, finance has been steadily sabotaging our democracies. This lucid, persuasive and timely new book hits the nail on the head. -- Nicholas Shaxson, author of Treasure Islands: Tax Havens and the Men Who Stole the World Distinctive, fresh and well-justified... Sabotage deserves high praise for fulfilling the most valuable injunction of all when it comes to catastrophic crises with terrible human costs: never forget. -- Felix Martin * New Statesman * If you're a progressive, in Britain or elsewhere, and if you think the movement needs fresh ideas, read this book, it's full of them. Then get to work. -- Oliver Bullough * The Guardian * Sabotage is a great book. It lifts the lid on shocking, systematic abuses, of which every user of financial services needs to be aware. It ought to be required reading for every civil servant, regulator and politician in the UK and elsewhere. -- Ian Fraser * Literary Review *


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