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The Circulation of Financial Elites

Allen, John (2018). The Circulation of Financial Elites. In: Coleman, Mat and Agnew, John eds. Handbook of the Geographies of Power. Research Handbooks in Geography. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 178–202.

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The focus of this chapter is on the process of financial elite formation and renewal, the means by which a rising elite mounts a challenge to an established financial order and how, in turn, an incumbent elite responds to that challenge by reinventing itself anew. In the contemporary period, that process has foregrounded the practical ability of a new constellation of financial elites to rewrite convention and practice in spatially innovative ways. What both old and new elites have in common, however, is the ability to exercise their power in skilful ways, whether combining inducement with established authority or artful persuasion with conscious manipulation, all of which are best summarised under the heading of dissimulation: the ability to present yourself as you actually are, without revealing all.

Keywords: elite formation, financial elites, offshore spaces, pragmatism, dissimulation

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2018 Mat Coleman, John Agnew
ISBN: 1-78536-563-0, 978-1-78536-563-8
Extra Information: This is a draft chapter. The final version is available from the link above.

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Keywords: elite formation; financial elites; offshore spaces; pragmatism; dissimulation
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
Item ID: 53975
Depositing User: John Allen
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2018 08:58
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2019 00:35
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