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Subprime Cities: The Political Economy of Mortgage Markets


Jacobs, KA, Subprime Cities: The Political Economy of Mortgage Markets, Housing, Theory and Society, online first ISSN 1651-2278 (2013) [Review Single Work]

DOI: doi:10.1080/14036096


There have been numerous explanations of the US subprime mortgage crisis and its impact on the global economy. Subprime Cities adds to the literature by considering the "crisis" as a symptom of the failings of the capitalist system. Through their critique of capitalism in the longue durée, the authors are able to provide a set of insights that are often missing in those studies that focus mainly on the role of USA government policy-makers and the banking system. The collection, therefore, provides an alternative viewpoint to the mainstream explanation of the subprime crisis that has gained a foothold of late. The mainstream view of the crisis is that "deregulation" policies made it possible for banks to transform mortgage default risks by "bundling up" mortgage and other non-standard assets into "liquid" securities that could be exchanged on the global finance markets. This bundling-up, often termed "securitization", meant that profits could be made with little regard as to whether or not borrowers could repay their loans. In short, the cause of the global financial crisis is explained as being a consequence of maladministration, abetted by compliant policy-makers who caved into the demands made by Wall Street lobbyists.

Item Details

Item Type:Review Single Work
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Urban sociology and community studies
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Government and politics
Objective Field:Public services policy advice and analysis
UTAS Author:Jacobs, KA (Professor Keith Jacobs)
ID Code:86700
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2013-10-14
Last Modified:2013-10-14

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