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Welcome to the newsletter of the FESSUD project. I would particularly draw your attention to the stream of working papers which have been produced by FESSUD colleagues in the past few months. The research of FESSUD continues apace, and the results of this research will be on display at the third annual FESSUD conference being held in Warsaw in October. In this newsletter the spotlight is on three of the ten research work packages and their research: subsequent newsletters will put the spotlight on others.
Putting the word ‘financialisation’ in the title of our project perhaps inevitably raises the question of what is meant by financialisation and whether that term is being used in a consistent way.  Some of these issues were explored at a FESSUD workshop was held at School of Oriental and African Studies, London on 31st October 2013. There was presentation of a stimulating set of papers, which were illustrative of the different concepts of financialisation in use and also illustrated the pervasiveness of financialisation around the globe. Some of the papers from that workshop will be appearing shortly as a special issue of the International Journal of Political Economy, vol. 42, no. 4 under the title  Understanding Financialization:  History, Theory and Institutional Analysis.

Malcolm Sawyer

WP4 – Regulation of the financial sector

WP4 is about regulation of the financial sector and its main focus is two sets of comparative country studies about the evolution of financial regulations in seven European countries (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Estonia, Hungary and Slovenia). This short overview summarizes the main findings from the country studies that are due to be finished by the end of May, 2014.
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WP5 – Finance and well-being

The work carried out on WP5 to date provides a comprehensive and innovative assessment of the relationship between finance and well-being, focusing in particular on the embedded relationships of households with the financial system.
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WP9 – Financial Stability and Macroeconomic Policies

Work Package 9 is meant to investigate the relationships between financial stability and macroeconomic policies. The Package started its investigation in December 2012 and already produced 4 deliverables, either published in the FESSUD Working Paper series (here), or in the OFCE.
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The Guardian: Central Bank role should change

Letter from Professor Philip Arestis and Professor Malcolm Sawyer (LUBS), coordinator of the FESSUD project, calling for the abandonment of the policy of inflation targeting by an independent central bank.
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The New Zealand Herald: Argument for a shorter week at work

Professor David Spencer (LUBS), WP2 leader, discusses the prospect of a four-day weekend being the norm, for a higher quality of life as well as a higher quality of work.
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Intereconomics – Review of European Economic Policy published FESSUD Studies in Financial Systems for Germany, France, the UK, Italy and Spain.

The FESSUD Studies in Financial Systems describe and analyse the processes of financialisation that have occurred in the past thirty years in Germany, France, the UK, Italy and Spain. These include policy proposals to change the role of financial system to better serve economic and social objectives.

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This project has received funding from the European Union's 7th Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 266800

The views expressed during the execution of the FESSUD project, in whatever form and or by whatever medium, are the sole responsibility of the authors. The European Union is not liable for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.

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