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Geographies of Financialization in Disarray: The Dutch Case in Comparative Perspective


  • Ewald Engelen
  • Martijn Konings
  • Rodrigo Fernandez


The securitization crisis that started in mid-2007 has demonstrated that we are indeed living in a "global financial village" and are all subject to the vagaries of financialization. Nevertheless, the fallout from the credit crisis has not been homogeneous across space. That some localities were hit harder than others suggests that there are distinct geographies of financialization. Combining insights from the "varieties of capitalism" literature with those from the literature on "financialization studies," the article offers a first take on what may explain these different geographies on the basis of an informal comparison of the trajectories of financialization and their political repercussions in the United States, Germany, and the Netherlands. The article ends with some reflections on how economic geography could be enriched by combining comparative studies on institutionalism and financialization, while its distinct research focus-detailed spatial analysis endowed with a well-developed sensitivity for geographic variegation-may help overcome the methodological nationalism of much comparative institutionalism. Copyright (c) 2010 Clark University.

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  • Ewald Engelen & Martijn Konings & Rodrigo Fernandez, 2010. "Geographies of Financialization in Disarray: The Dutch Case in Comparative Perspective," Economic Geography, Clark University, vol. 86(1), pages 53-73, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:ecgeog:v:86:y:2010:i:1:p:53-73

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    1. Jane S. Pollard, 2003. "Small firm finance and economic geography," Journal of Economic Geography, Oxford University Press, vol. 3(4), pages 429-452, October.
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    1. Ståle Holgersen, 2014. "Urban Responses to The Economic Crisis: Confirmation of Urban Policies as Crisis Management in Malmö," International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 38(1), pages 285-301, January.
    2. Pasquale Tridico & Riccardo Pariboni, 2016. "Inequality, financialisation and economic decline," Departmental Working Papers of Economics - University 'Roma Tre' 0211, Department of Economics - University Roma Tre.
    3. Ewald Engelen, 2011. "Grasping the Spatial Paradoxes of Finance: Theoretical Lessons from the Case of Amsterdam," Chapters,in: International Handbook of Globalization and World Cities, chapter 22 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    4. Pasquale Tridico, 2015. "The Rise Of Income Inequality In Oecd Countries," Departmental Working Papers of Economics - University 'Roma Tre' 0201, Department of Economics - University Roma Tre.
    5. Annina Kaltenbrunner & Juan Pablo Painceira, 2016. "International and Domestic Financialisation in Middle Income Countries; The Brazilian Experience," Working papers wpaper146, Financialisation, Economy, Society & Sustainable Development (FESSUD) Project.
    6. Ewald Engelen & Sako Musterd, 2010. "Amsterdam in Crisis: How the (Local) State Buffers and Suffers," International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 34(3), pages 701-708, September.

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