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Introduction: Neglecting, Rediscovering and Thinking Again about Power in Finance


The articles in this special issue survey comparatively the shape of power and finance. The introduction sketches the history of the study of the political role of financial markets and examines the reasons for the comparative neglect of the subject by the discipline of political science.

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Michael Moran is Emeritus Professor of Government at the University of Manchester Business School. Contact email: Anthony Payne is Co-director of the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) at the University of Sheffield. Contact email:

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S. Bell and A. Hindmoor (2014), ‘The Ideational Shaping of State Power and Capacity: Winning Battles but Losing the War over Bank Reform in the US and UK’, Government and Opposition, 49(3): 342368.

G. Datz (2014), ‘Varieties of Power in Latin American Pension Finance: Pension Fund Capitalism, Developmentalism and Statism’, Government and Opposition, 49(3): 483510.

R.D. Germain (1997), The International Organization of Credit: States and Global Finance in the World-Economy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).

S. Johal , M. Moran and K. Williams (2014), ‘Power, Politics and the City of London after the Great Financial Crash’, Government and Opposition, 49(3): 400425.

P. Langley (2002), World Financial Orders: An Historical International Political Economy (London: Routledge).

P. Langley (2008), The Everyday Life of Global Finance: Saving and Borrowing in Anglo-America (Oxford: Oxford University Press).

M. Moran (2006), ‘Interdisciplinarity and Political Science’, Politics, 26(2): 7383.

G. Pagoulatos (2014), ‘State-driven in Boom and in Bust: Structural Limitations of Financial Power in Greece’, Government and Opposition, 49(3): 452482.

L. Panitch and S. Gindin (2014), ‘Political Economy and Political Power: The American State and Finance in the Neoliberal Era’, Government and Opposition, 49(3): 369399.

T. Porter (1993), States, Markets and Regimes in Global Finance (Basingstoke: Macmillan).

C. Woll (2014), ‘Bank Rescue Schemes in Continental Europe: The Power of Collective Inaction’, Government and Opposition, 49(3): 426451.

X. Zhang (2014), ‘Coalitional Dynamics, Power Structure and Financial Markets in East Asia’, Government and Opposition, 49(3): 511541.

A. Nesvetailova (2014), ‘Innovations, Fragility and Complexity: Understanding the Power of Finance’, Government and Opposition, 49(3): 542568.

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Government and Opposition
  • ISSN: 0017-257X
  • EISSN: 1477-7053
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