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Join us for the North American launch of:

Public Banks: Decarbonisation, Definancialisation and Democratisation (Cambridge University Press).

Thomas Marois of University College London.

Marois offers a refreshingly new and groundbreaking perspective on the topic. Although seldom discussed in the North American context, there are more than 900 public banks in the world, holding close to $50 trillion in assets. Some are deeply problematic institutions with little transparency, while others have demonstrated their potential to play a catalytic and even democratic role in social, economic and environmental transformation. Marois will discuss the central theoretical arguments of his book as well as the potential for public banks to play a more significant role in North America amidst a resurgence of interest in (re)making public financial institutions.

For more information on the book visit the Cambridge University Press website: https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/public-banks/0EC8E41F837E1F10BE53FC31DA83D012

Event hosted by the Municipal Services Project.

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Jun 15, 2021 03:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Thomas Marois
Senior Lecturer, Department of Development Studies, SOAS @University of London; Senior Research Fellow, Patient Finance & Public Banking, @UCL Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose
Marois specializes in the political economy of finance for development. His research centres around public banks and the financing of sustainable development in ways that bridge north/south divides. He is the author of the book States, Banks and Crisis: Emerging Finance Capitalism in Mexico and Turkey (2012) and co-editor of The Political Economy of Financial Transformation in Turkey (2019). He is an active research member of the Municipal Services Project and works closely with research institutes such as the Transnational Institute, the Democracy Collaborative, and UNCTAD. He also sits on the Advisory Board of the Public Banking Institute.