Off the leash : understanding the dynamics of capital mobility in IPE
Watson, Matthew (2007) Off the leash : understanding the dynamics of capital mobility in IPE. Working Paper. [Manchester]: BISA International Political Economy Group (IPEG). IPEG papers in global political economy (No.31).
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In this paper I seek to extend much of the writing on capital mobility to be found in the IPE literature by arguing that there are two distinct types of mobility which need to be treated as analytically separable. The tendency in IPE is to think only in terms of ‘international’ capital mobility, which immediately creates the impression that for capital to be mobile it has to move from one country to another. This image conforms to what I call the spatial mobility of capital. However, capital should also be thought of as mobile in those instances in which it is deliberately reinvested in an alternative financial instrument. This is what I call the functional mobility of capital. Recent increases in capital mobility are linked to the institutionalisation of rentier interests within the financial economy, with subsequent implications for the distribution of life chances globally. In order to gain a full understanding of these implications it is necessary to be working with a perspective that recognises the dynamics of both the spatial and the functional mobility of capital.
|Item Type:||Working or Discussion Paper (Working Paper)|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HG Finance
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Politics and International Studies|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Capital movements, Economics -- Political aspects, International economic relations, Rent (Economic theory)|
|Series Name:||IPEG papers in global political economy|
|Publisher:||BISA International Political Economy Group (IPEG)|
|Place of Publication:||[Manchester]|
|Official Date:||July 2007|
|Number of Pages:||33|
|Status:||Not Peer Reviewed|
|Access rights to Published version:||Open Access|
Amoore, Louise 2002 Globalisation Contested: An International Political Economy of Work, Manchester: Manchester University Press.
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