The Bank Culture Puzzle
This chapter introduces the bank culture debate that took place in the political realm. It then explains that the political debate was based on a very narrow reading of bank culture, which focused on improving market conduct via greater market discipline and ethical reforms. The idea was to make bankers behave better. The chapter argues however, that there are compelling structural pressures—under financialization—that determine bank culture in Anglo-America, but which were conspicuously absent from the political debate. The chapter explains why policymakers avoided the more challenging debate about bank culture.
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