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State of Power 2019 Finance (Mobi)

State of Power 2019 Finance (Mobi)

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Despite causing the worst financial crisis in decades, the financial sector emerged even stronger. TNI's eighth flagship State of Power report examines through essays and infographics the varied dimensions and dynamics of financial power, and how popular movements might regain control over money and finance.

The Latent, Unused Power of Citizens and the Production of Public Collateral
Ann Pettifor
Despite the rhetoric of bankers and politicians, private finance is far more dependent on the public than we think. Taxpayers in the richest nations provide the public collateral on which nearly all financial activities today depend. It's time to use that leverage to hold private financial institutions to account and to invest in the Green New Deal. 

Battling Bankers: Insights on Financial Power From the Grassroots
Interview with Simona Levi, Joel Benjamin and Alvin Mosioma
Three inspiring activists - from Spain, UK and Kenya - that have scored significant victories against the financial leviathan share their experiences of taking on bankers and the lessons and insights from their ongoing struggles. 

Offshore Finance: How Capital Rules the World
Rodrigo Fernandez and Reijer Hendrikse
The rise of offshore finance is not solely about capital moving to banks in exotic islands, it is also about the creation of a two-tier global system in which ordinary citizens are subject to laws, taxes and increasingly authoritarian rule, while offshore residents live secretive, tax-free lives with their fortunes supported by expansionary monetary policy. 

High Finance: An Extractive Sector
Interview with Saskia Sassen
Saskia Sassen explores the extractivist nature of finance and how it impacts on cities in particular, as well as the possible fractures in financial power that open up the possibility for urban movements to confront and bring finance under public control. Read online

Banking on Public Power: Lessons of the Institute of International Finance
Jasper Blom
It is little known but the International Institute of Finance is probably the single most important reason why financial reform in the wake of the economic crisis has been so limited. But its power is not just the way it has represented and coordinated its international membership, but the way decision-makers have given it an unprecedented role as interlocutor on financial issues. 

Global Finance, Power and Instability
Walden Bello
Tackling financial power requires not only examining the power of certain institutions like the Too Big To Fail banks, but the role financialisation has within the global economy in the context of capitalism's tendency towards overproduction and supply outstripping demand owing to the persistence of great inequality. 

Art - Capital of the Twenty-First Century
Aude Launay
Finance has always created reality out of beliefs and stories, turning appraisal into numbers and thoughts into stock market fluctuations. It is a world that artists understand well, challenging its power with its very means. 

Gentrification of Payments: Spreading the Digital Financial Net
Brett Scott
The merging of finance and technology - and especially the heavy promotion of digital payment systems - is gentrifying finance, advancing an agenda of corporate control and surveillance at the expense of informality and the exclusion of the most marginalised. 

Finance, Fossil Fuels, and Climate Change
Mark Hudson and Katelyn Friesen
Based on original research exploring the financing, lending, ownership and board interlocks, this essay shows how finance and fossil fuel firms in Canada are intertwined and impede a green transition. 

The Next Shareholder Revolution
Owen Davis
For radicals going back to Marx, corporate stock provided a template for both the socialisation of ownership and redistribution of income. Could a convergence of ethical activists, pension funds and socialist politicians herald a new shareholder revolution? 

The Power of Public Finance for the Future we Want
Lavinia Steinfort
Public finance and banking is more available than often portrayed - and there are plenty of examples of public finance that can inspire us to both raise and channel finance in a way that will address today's social and environmental challenges. 

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