History of Wall Street

Term: Fall 2011

Subject Code: GECO

Course Number: 5188

Over the last 30 years, Wall Street assumed a far larger role in the American economy than it ever played before. This course traces the process by which Americans social and economic well-being came to be managed by the market. Major themes include the critical role of policy, politics, and political ideology in shaping the structure of financial markets and institutions; enduring debates over the proper relationship between financial markets, the real economy, and the state; the effects of financialization and financial crisis on the distribution of economic power and wealth; the ability of economic crises to catalyze popular insurgency and social change.

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