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Neo-liberalism and polycontextuality: banking crisis and re-regulation in Sweden

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Authors Bengt Larsson
Published in Ekonomisk brottslighet. En nordisk reader
Pages 689-717
ISBN 9789144102245
Publisher Studentlitteratur
Place of publication Lund
Publication year 2014
Published at Department of Sociology and Work Science
Centre for European Research (CERGU)
Pages 689-717
Language en
Keywords banking crisis; neo-liberalism; regulation; self-regulation; steering; governance; polycontextuality
Subject categories Sociology

Abstract

This article gives an account of the interpretative conflicts and re-regulative initiatives that followed the Swedish banking crisis in the 1990s. The analysis is based on systems theory and theories of governance conceptualizing steering and selfregulation. It shows the polycontextuality of the conflicts over the crisis, and how the re-regulation articulated central aspects of neo-liberal government, as conceptualized in terms of governance. The conclusion discusses two paradoxes. The first is that the enforced self-regulation of the re-regulative process ‘frees’ market actors by embedding them in new webs of governance. The second paradox is that every solution to a problematic event of this kind is at the same time seen as a new problem when observed with distinctions other than the one reduced by the solution.

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