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.