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The Bank Culture DebateEthics, Values, and Financialization in Anglo-America$
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Huw Macartney

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198843764

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198843764.001.0001

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US Responses and the Second Phase

US Responses and the Second Phase

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(p.92) 5 US Responses and the Second Phase
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The Bank Culture Debate
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Huw Macartney

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198843764.003.0005

This chapter argues that after the initial responses to the financial crisis the culture of banking debate came to the fore from 2012 onwards. Following government spending cuts and political protests the repeated banking scandals that emerged constituted a second wave. US state managers moved beyond improving market discipline to ethical reform and new institutions. But the chapter argues that the unfolding legitimacy crisis was perhaps the main reason for the political focus on bank culture, and fundamentally shaped the populist tactics used by US state managers. The chapter also shows the glaring absence of a debate on the structural causes of banking culture.

Keywords:   populism, legitimacy crisis, Department of Financial Services, New York Fed, regulation

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