Thomas Marois' groundbreaking interpretation of banking and development in Mexico and Turkey builds on a Marxian-inspired framework premised on understanding states and banks as social relationships alongside crisis and labor as vital to finance today. The book's rich historical and empirical content reveals definite institutionalized relationships of power that mainstream political ecomists often miss. While leading to a timely analysis of the impact of the Great Recession on Mexico and Turkey, the major contribution of States, Banks and Crisis in its account of emerging finance capitalism. This is defined as the current phase of accumulation wherein the interests of financial capital are fused in the state apparatus as the institutionalized priorities and overarching social logic guiding the actions of state managers and government elites, often to the detriment of labor. This interdisciplinary and accessible study on banking and development will prove to be an important resource for upper-level undergraduates, graduates, and scholars in ecomics, development studies, political science, political ecomy, development finance, sociology, international relations and international political ecomy.
Thomas Marois, Department of Development Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK