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Dr. Philip Mader
Research Fellow, Institute of Development Studies
University of Sussex, Brighton


Blog: http://governancexborders.com/ (co-editor)
Researchgate profile: http://researchgate.net/profile/Philip_Mader


The Routledge International Handbook of Financialization (ed. with Daniel Mertens & Natascha van der Zwan). Abingdon: Routledge, 2020.


Financialization has become the go-to term for scholars grappling with the growth of finance. This Handbook offers the first comprehensive survey of the scholarship on financialization, connecting finance with changes in politics, technology, culture, society and the economy. Written for researchers and students not only in economics but from across the social sciences and the humanities, this book offers a decidedly global and pluri-disciplinary view on financialization for those who are looking to understand the changing face of finance and its consequences. Read the Introductory chapter (via Researchgate).

“Presenting an impressive range of authors and perspectives, this Handbook succeeds at delivering a comprehensive mapping of financialization studies.” – Julie Froud. “This book is a major contribution to the study of financialization. It immediately establishes itself as the defining reference on financialization.” – Thomas Palley

The Political Economy of Microfinance: Financializing Poverty. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.

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This book helps to understand the enigmatic microfinance sector by tracing its evolution and asking how it works as a financial system. Our present capitalism is a financialized capitalism, and microfinance is its response to poverty. Microfinance has broad-ranging effects, reaching hundreds of millions of people and generating substantial revenues. Although systemic flaws have become obvious, most strikingly with the 2010 Indian crisis that was marked by overindebtedness, suicides and violence, the industry’s expansion continues unabated. As Philip Mader argues, microfinance heralds less the end of poverty than new, more financialized forms of poverty. While microfinance promises to empower, it generates discipline and extracts substantial resources from the poor, producing new crises and new forms of dispossession.

Read excerpts here: http://governancexborders.com/tag/the-political-economy-of-microfinance-financializing-poverty/

“Microfinance is financialization dressed up as charity: a pathway for global finance to penetrate the capitalist periphery. In this richly documented book, Mader dispels the myth that debt can move the poor out of poverty. Far from an economics of liberation, microfinance is part of a politics of repression: it extracts more wealth than it creates, and reinforces economic dependence.” – Wolfgang Streeck



Contesting Financial Inclusion. forthc. in Development and Change 49, 2, 461-483.

How much Voice for Borrowers? Restricted feedback and recursivity in microfinance. Global Policy 8, 4, 540–552 (working paper version here).

Wem nützt „finanzielle Inklusion“? Rundbrief Forum Umwelt und Entwicklung III/2017, 27-28.

Failing Young People? Addressing the Supply-side Bias and Individualisation in Youth Employment Programming. (with Flynn, J., Oosterom, M., and Ripoll, S.) IDS Evidence Report 216 (January 2017).

Card Crusaders, Cash Infidels and the Holy Grails of Digital Financial Inclusion. Behemoth 9, 2, 59-81 (December 2016).

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