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Collateral Knowledge: Legal Reasoning in the Global Financial Markets (Chicago Series in Law and Society)

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Who are the agents of financial regulation? Is good (or bad) financial governance merely the work of legislators and regulators? Here Annelise Riles argues that financial governance is made not just through top-down laws and policies but also through the daily use of mundane legal techniques such as collateral by a variety of secondary agents, from legal technicians and retail investors to financiers and academics and even computerized trading programs.    

            

Drawing upon her ten years of ethnographic fieldwork in the Japanese derivatives market, Riles explores the uses of collateral in the financial markets as a regulatory device for stabilizing market transactions. How collateral operates, Riles suggests, is paradigmatic of a class of low-profile, mundane, but indispensable activities and practices that are all too often ignored as we think about how markets should work and be governed.  Riles seeks to democratize our understanding of legal techniques, and demonstrate how these day-to-day private actions can be reformed to produce more effective forms of market regulation.

About the Author

Annelise Riles is the Jack G. Clarke 52 Professor of Far Eastern Legal Studies, professor of anthropology, and director of the Clarke Program in East Asian Law and Culture, all at Cornell University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction. Private Governance, Global Markets, and the Legal Technologies of Collateral

1. What Is Collateral? On Legal Technique

2. The Technocratic State

3. Unwinding Technocracy

4. Placeholders: Engaging the Hayekian Critique of Financial Regulation

5. Virtual Transparency

Conclusion. From Design to Technique in Global Financial Governance

ReferencesIndex

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226719337
Author:
Riles, Annelise
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
International
Subject:
Law : General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Chicago Series in Law and Society
Publication Date:
20110531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 line drawings, 1 table
Pages:
312
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Business » International
History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Law » General

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