Collateral Knowledge: Legal Reasoning in the Global Financial Markets (Chicago Series in Law and Society)
Überblick:Pressestimmen 'Riles an expert on East Asia (and on Japan in particular) has spent years talking with Japanese finance lawyers and bureaucrats and observing their activities. Empirically she provides a firsthand account of all the legal issues and uncertainties related to exchanges of collateral of the definitional issues and of the daily negotiations that make such exchanges possible. She shows a deep knowledge of both theoretical legal issues and her particular field and argues convincingly that all social scientists interested in global financial markets should pay close attention to the latter's legal knowledge and institutions.'--Alex Preda King's College London 'Law & Society Review ''A brilliant exploration of the legal infrastructure that underlies global financial markets. Combining legal expertise and sociological insight Professor Riles offers a lucid and illuminating investigation of the role that legal elites in Japan and other developed economies played in reforming legal doctrines to facilitate trillions of dollars of trading in OTC derivatives. While these reforms are often characterized as freeing private markets to shoulder financial risks Collateral Knowledge persuasively argues--and the global financial crisis confirms--that the legal infrastructure for derivative transactions could not protect private investors from their own folly nor insulate the general public from the consequences of private miscalculation.'--Howell E. Jackson Harvard Law School'Collateral Knowledge is a complex clever stimulating and ambitious text on an important topic. Annelise Riles upends current debates about regulation and deregulation private versus public interest and financial globalization by calling our attention to the unobtrusive yet pervasive technical devices that private actors use to do their business. Innovative and interesting the book makes a key scholarly contribution while engaging a wide audience concerned with global markets. Collateral Knowledge is a real blockbuster.'--Bruce Carruthers Northwestern University'Collateral Knowledge provides a complex rigorous and compelling analysis of collateral--the tools and techniques that are meant to assert that 'property' lies somehow behind a financial transaction and underwrites it. Riles shows how the set of legal techniques and knowledges that constitute collateral is centrally implicated in the practices of global finance and in the ideological discourses promoted by figures from Hayek to De Soto on the privatization of public goods and the substitution of law by arbitration. She unpacks collateral's technicalities its position in a network of technocratic rationalities and actions and its political effects in relation to legal process and understandings of law and state in the financial markets.' --Bill Maurer University of California Irvine'Collateral Knowledge provides compelling evidence that global finance arises out of a distinct form of technical regulation. This work is essential reading because it sheds light on the constitutive power of the law in financial activity which is being egregiously ignored in both scholarship and public policy discourse. Riles shears away laborious literature reviews and superfluous ethnographic detail to provide a robust example of what interdisciplinary financial scholarship can accomplish.'--Martha Poon New York University 'American Anthropologist ''Collateral Knowledge surely inspires difficult thinking about private law and financial regulation using collateral in derivatives markets as a complex and interesting context.'--Heather Hughes 'Journal of Law and Commerce ''[A] fresh and thought-provoking perspective. . . . Collateral Knowledge is a worthwhile contribution to the discussion of the global financial crisis and the more democratic path we should forge in its wake.'--Harvard Law Review'A refreshingly unconventional addition to the literature on law and finance.'--Political and Legal Anthropology Revew Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende Annelise Riles is the Jack G. Clarke ’52 Professor of Far Eastern Legal Studies professor of anthropology and director of the Clarke Program in East Asian Law and Culture all at Cornell University.