A Proposition for the Redefinition of the Bank from a Historical Sociolegal Perspective
9 Pages Posted: 2 Apr 2020 Last revised: 1 Sep 2021
Date Written: February 27, 2020
Throughout history, banking has been key to the development of fundamental institutions and structures of capitalism, while also having been instrumental in its recurrent crises. However, this significance isn't reflected in its definitions. In this brief note, I present a critical definition of banking institutions that takes into account their importance, as it approaches banking from a variety of perspectives. It conceives the bank as a mercantile-rentier that overlays social inefficiencies in monetary allocation through the transmission of internally-produced fungible rights in personam.
Keywords: Law and Economics; Social Systems Theory; Theory of Banking; Sociolegal studies; Fractional Reserve; Banking History; Banking; Political Economy and Law; Shadow banking ; Genealogy of capitalist institutions
JEL Classification: K40; E50; B15; N00; Z13; D72.
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