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WCF Dialogue: Ève Chiapello and Pauline Gleadle on 'Operationalisations of Financialisation'

WCF Dialogue on 'Operationalisations of Financialisation'

Held on Tuesday, 4 December 2018, 4.30-6.30pm


If 'globalisation' was the dominating concept of the 1990s and 'neoliberalisation' followed in the 2000s, then 'financialisation' is arguably one of the hottest candidate for succession in the 2010s. Its inflationary use has been debated for some time now, without actually diminishing its appeal in various contexts.

In order to think through the stakes attendant to the continued research of financialisation and its multiple operationalisations, we invited two active protagonists in these debates. Ève Chiapello and Pauline Gleadle discussed each other's work and critically assessed the ways in which the study of financialisation continues to shape the current critical debates about global finance and global capitalism more generally.

Listen to the recording of the WCF Dialogue

Ève Chiapello is Research Director at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris. Her research focuses on the penetration of all business sectors by “financialised” tools, i.e. by instruments which rely both conceptually and technically on the technical and scientific corpus of modern finance.

Pauline Gleadle is a Professor at the University of Westminster in London. Her research focuses on the impact of financial markets on the strategy and governance of non-financial corporations with a particular focus on the pharmaceutical and biotech industry, both in the UK and internationally.