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Financial Elites and European Banking: Historical Perspectives

Youssef Cassis and Giuseppe Telesca


The ambiguities of the globalized economy—epitomized by growing levels of inequality exacerbated by the 2007–8 financial debacle—have generated a feeling of disbelief towards experts and hostility towards elites. Financial elites, in particular, have become one of public opinion’s favourite targets because of their responsibilities in triggering the financial crisis, the very high compensations enjoyed before and after the 2008 Lehman collapse, and the relatively obscure nature of their activity. What has been the role played by financial elites (and financial experts) in different European so ... More

Keywords: financial elites, banking elites, financial experts, collective biographies, banking history, financial regime change, corporate governance, competence, accountability

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198782797
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198782797.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Youssef Cassis, editor
Professor of Economic History, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute

Giuseppe Telesca, editor
Research Associate, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute