What money does: An inquiry into the backbone of capitalist political economy
No 17/9, MPIfG Discussion Paper from Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies
The theory and critique of capitalism is back at the center of scholarly debate. With it comes a growing awareness of the analytical and political importance of money and money creation. Moving from the more systemic reflections of Karl Marx to more recent work on money theory by Geoffrey Ingham and in financial economics, the paper focuses on three of money's "deeds." As a social structure and process, it makes moneymaking through capital permeate all our societies. As a public-private partnership between the state, rentiers, banks, and taxpayers that has existed since the foundation of the Bank of England in 1694, it binds these actors together in shifting relations of dependence. In today's financial capitalism, what counts as money and how far moneyness stretches into the realms of financial innovation has been the core object of struggle in the public-private partnership of money. In conclusion, the paper discusses how contemporary money redistributes intra-socially and internationally.
Keywords: capitalism; Bank of England; derivatives; inequality; banks; US dollar; Marx; Ingham (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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