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As a response to ongoing economic, social and environmental crises, many private actors have enlarged their definition of 'value' to include environmental and social elements. Such practices, however, appear incompatible with the current epistemological structure of academic financial discourse. This paradox challenges us to reconsider the foundations of modern finance, particularly the dominant role of shareholders. The volume argues there is a need to turn the established order upside down. Studies in economics and finance have to be embedded in environmental and social welfare to answer the challenges we face, and there is a need for a radical break with the methodological individualism that dominates economics, management and (especially) finance. It is our responsibility to question social welfare when it is defined only as maximising shareholder value. Should we instead promote a substitute to the shareholder? How should we (re)define the concept of value? This volume serves as a stepping stone for rethinking academic finance, and attempts to carve out innovative paths for financial research in the 21st century.
This title contains "Vol I: Review, Analysis, and Outlook" and "Vol II: Summary and Country Tables". "Global Development Finance", the World Bank's annual report on the external financing of developing countries - provides monitoring and analysis of development finance, identifying key emerging trends and policy challenges in international financial flows that are likely to affect the growth prospects of developing countries. Never before has the outlook for financial flows to developing countries been so intricately tied to the specter of collective action by the international community to restore confidence in the functioning of global financial markets and institutions. As the world economy heads toward a deep, broad-based economic slowdown with implications for development finance still in the making revisionism and anxiety ride high as officials in both developing and developed countries question not only the merits of financial openness and the degree of necessary safeguards, but also the entire architecture of the global financial system. "Vol I: Review, Analysis, and Outlook" reviews recent trends in financial flows to developing countries in light of recent events and the global financial crisis. "Vol II: Summary and Country Tables" includes comprehensive data for 138 countries, as well as summary data for regions and income groups. It is also available on CD-ROM with more than 200 historical time series from 1970 to 2007, and country group estimates for 2008. The CD-ROM system requires Windows 98 or NT 4.0 or later, 20 MB of available hard disk space, 32 MB of RAM, and 2MB of video memory. 64 K color video display is recommended. Microsoft Internet Explorer version 4.0 or higher and sound card are optional.
Before you were born, you worked with your angels to orchestrate a life mission that would help others and be emotionally rewarding. This card deck by Doreen Virtue will allow you to conduct accurate and trustworthy readings to explore that life purpose. Each of the 44 beautifully illustrated cards contains an illuminating message from the angels related to this topic.
This book provides an overview of the practice of Islamic finance and the historical roots that define its modes of operation. The focus of the book is analytical and forward-looking. It shows that Islamic finance exists mainly as a form of rent-seeking legal-arbitrage. In every aspect of finance -- from personal loans to investment banking, and from market structure to corporate governance -- Islamic finance aims to replicate in Islamic forms the substantive functions of contemporary financial instruments, markets, and institutions. By attempting to replicate the substance of contemporary financial practice using pre-modern contract forms, Islamic finance has arguably failed to serve the objectives of Islamic law. This book proposes refocusing Islamic finance on substance rather than form. This approach would entail abandoning the paradigm of "Islamization" of every financial practice. It would also entail reorienting the brand-name of Islamic finance to emphasize issues of community banking, micro-finance, and socially responsible investment.
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