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A Symposium on Destin Jenkins’s The Bonds of Inequality: Debt and the Making of the American City
B. Alston, The Same System, the Same Results

September 23, 2021

B. Alston

Destin Jenkins’s The Bonds of Inequality drives home points that many of us have experienced intimately—the current municipal finance system is racist and inherently flawed.
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B. Alston, The Same System, the Same Results

A Symposium on Destin Jenkins’s The Bonds of Inequality: Debt and the Making of the American City
B. Highsmith, The Bondholders’ Veto: Fiscal Federalism and Local Democracy

September 9, 2021

B. Highsmith

Among many culprits behind this “conservative logic of financialization,” one stands out: the withdrawal of centralized fiscal transfers from higher levels of government. Without access to state and federal funds, cities became dependent on the market to meet even their most basic responsibilities.
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B. Highsmith, The Bondholders’ Veto: Fiscal Federalism and Local Democracy

A Symposium on Destin Jenkins’s The Bonds of Inequality: Debt and the Making of the American City
N. J. Ramos, The Myth of Fair Share/Equal Share Bond Projects

August 12, 2021

N. J. Ramos, Drexel University

Destin Jenkins’s focus on municipal bond financing in The Bonds of Inequality contributes to a growing field of literature demonstrating how monetary and financial policy play a significant role in reinforcing racial inequality.
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N. J. Ramos, The Myth of Fair Share/Equal Share Bond Projects

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MDM 2018: Financialization and Inequality

Over the past few decades, the advanced capitalist countries have become increasingly financialized against a backdrop of deepening wealth and income inequality. How do we conceptualize and analyze the distributive consequences of the rise of finance? What do recent political upheavals, including the Trump presidency and Brexit, mean for the status quo of financialized capitalism? And what role, if any, can public policy play in tackling the un-equalizing effects of the contemporary system of money and credit?

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Mark Blyth – Brown University
Gerald Epstein – University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Rana Foroohar – Financial Times
Natascha van der Zwan – Leiden University
Rebecca Spang – Indiana University

Commentator: Sandy Brian Hager – City, University of London

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MDM 2018: Financialization and Inequality

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MDM 2018 Keynote: The Color of Money: Banking and Racial Inequality

In the American tradition, commercial banking claimed public support in exchange for delivering public services. It has become increasingly clear that those services are both failing the poor and distributing resources, including access, authority, profits, and credit, along lines of race.

Speaker: Mehrsa Baradaran – University of Georgia School of Law

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MDM 2018 Keynote: The Color of Money: Banking and Racial Inequality