Financial Markets in Transition: Globalization, Investment and Economic Growth


Global financial markets are on the threshold of a new age. After two decades of dramatic transformation in the structure and functions of national financial markets and financial service industries, a more or less perfectly integrated and globalized system has emerged. Global financial markets have become noticeably more efficient, while the financial service industry has been reduced to little more than an information industry. However, the transformation has not been without implications. For many stakeholder groups in many countries it has meant crises and difficult adjustments. This study focuses on the way in which different sequences of events in this globalization process affect the ability of financial markets to attract and channel savings in order to improve real national growth.

The empirical analysis is regional in scope and involves the four major Nordic countries - Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. Being public sector dominated economies, they provide examples of all the problems faced by other countries looking for an opening of their financial markets. In addition to intra-Nordic comparisons, the development of the region is compared to the US, UK, German and Japanese markets.

Two avenues of investigation are followed - one describing structural changes in national bond markets, the other measuring the levels of international integration of these markets and the potential effects that the process of globalization may have had on national economic growth. Both these aspects are central to a full understanding of the transition from national financial markets to well-integrated parts of the global market.

Interdisciplinary European Studies

The European Union and the Return of the Nation State


This book explores the complex and ever-changing relationship between the European Union and its member states. The recent surge in tension in this relationship has been prompted by the actions of some member state governments as they question fundamental EU values and principles and refuse to implement common decisions seemingly on the basis of narrowly defined national interests.

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