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Debating sovereign bankruptcy: postrevolutionary Mexico, 1919 1931

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  • ADAMSON, MICHAEL R.
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    This article assesses the extent to which bankers approached sovereign debt defaults during the interwar period according to norms established during the nineteenth century. Bankers treated postrevolutionary Mexico as a hybrid, that is, as a case of both developmental and revenue default, in Fishlow s taxonomy, in the interest of protecting the rights of bondholders generally. Their approach led them to reject the argument of US ambassador to Mexico (and former Morgan partner), Dwight W. Morrow, that a government could be financially insolvent. Bankers acted similarly during the debt crisis of the 1980s.

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    Article provided by Cambridge University Press in its journal Financial History Review.

    Volume (Year): 13 (2006)
    Issue (Month): 02 (October)
    Pages: 197-215

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    Handle: RePEc:cup:fihrev:v:13:y:2006:i:02:p:197-215_00

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