Beyond the Minskyan Political Economy: Liquidity and Financial Innovation in the Global Credit Crunch
The credit crunch of 2007—2009 has been widely described as a ‘Minsky moment’ in the world finance, and references to ‘Ponzi schemes’ recur in the emergent theorizations of this crisis. However, the notion of Ponzi finance captures only one of the many disturbing elements in the complex set of causes of the crisis. Engaging with the emergent theories of the credit crunch, this paper argues that the main controversy of the global credit crunch centers on the role of financial innovation in the economic system. More specifically, it concerns the problem of liquidity and its metamorphoses in the modern financial system. Drawing on the scholarship of Hyman Minsky and heterodox political economy, this paper addresses the conceptual dilemma of the relationship between financial innovation and liquidity, in the light of the lessons of the global credit crunch.
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