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Collateral Knowledge: Legal Reasoning in the Global Financial Markets

Annelise Riles


Who are the agents of financial regulation? Is good (or bad) financial governance merely the work of legislators and regulators? Here the text argues that financial governance is made not just through top-down laws and policies but also through the daily use of mundane legal techniques such as collateral by a variety of secondary agents, from legal technicians and retail investors to financiers and academics and even computerized trading programs. Drawing upon ten years of ethnographic fieldwork in the Japanese derivatives market, the book explores the uses of collateral in the financial marke ... More

Keywords: financial regulation, financial governance, secondary agents, legal technicians, retail investors, derivatives, legal techniques

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780226719320
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226719344.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Annelise Riles, author