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Managed by the Markets: How Finance Re-Shaped America

2 Ratings: 3.0
A book by Gerald F. Davis

This academic analysis of our evolution from an industrial to a postindustrial portfolio society offers provocative clues for anyone seeking to understand the current financial crisis and Americans' financial security. Davis, professor of management … see full wiki

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Author: Gerald F. Davis
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
2 reviews about Managed by the Markets: How Finance Re-Shaped...
review by . October 24, 2009
While the marketing and timing of this book's appearance may suggest that it explains the current economic meltdown, Gerald Davis's real aims are more general: to outline and explore the implications of a major shift in the world's economies (with emphasis on the United States), from a corporate-centered model to a finance-centered model, from an America whose economic and social life is dominated by major corporations and where individuals think of themselves as employees and consumers of goods, …
review by . June 18, 2009
The thesis of this book is that "the shift from a manufacturing to a service (or post-industrial) economy in the United States has been decisively shaped by finance." People, labor, houses, and bank accounts are now treated as commodities to be bought and sold in the marketplace, which is itself increasingly free of governmental control. In the final chapter, the author outlines several deleterious effects of this shift: "less mobility, more inequality"; "educational insecurity"; "the end of the …
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