Private equity in the UK context
Morgan, Glenn. (2009) Private equity in the UK context. Transfer: European review of labour and research, Vol.15 (No.2). pp. 209-227. ISSN 1024-2589
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/102425890901500205
This article concentrates on private equity (PE) in the UK. It argues that private equity is the latest of a series of ways in which finance and the City of London have dominated the UK economy. In a relatively short period, large PE deals became significant in the UK. They led to organisational restructurings which treated the workforce as expendable costs. The rise of private equity led eventually to political opposition and although this appeared briefly to be very powerful, in the end it achieved little because it was never strong enough to combat the allied forces of the City, the Treasury and the Bank of England. However, private equity has not been triumphant. On the contrary it is fully implicated in the current financial crisis and its structure means that its growth has ceased and its very survival is in question. In some European countries, this may mean that rising financialisation will be halted at least temporarily. However in the UK, where the City is powerfully entrenched, private equity may decline but it is doubtful whether the financial dominance of the UK economy will be fundamentally challenged.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HG Finance|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Warwick Business School|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Private equity -- Great Britain, Investments -- Great Britain, Organizational change -- Great Britain, Global Financial Crisis, 2008-2009, Finance -- Law and legislation -- Great Britain, Finance, Public -- Great Britain -- History -- 1945-|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Transfer: European review of labour and research|
|Publisher:||Sage Publications Ltd.|
|Official Date:||June 2009|
|Page Range:||pp. 209-227|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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