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Capital without Borders by [Harrington, Brooke]
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Editorial Reviews


Beautifully written, this book opens a window into the fascinating world of wealth managers for the world’s super-rich. I know of no other book even remotely like it. (John L. Campbell, Dartmouth College)

Brooke Harrington shines a light into the shadowy and little-understood subject of wealth management. Using in-depth interviews and participant observations, she reviews the tools of the trade of financial advisors and shows the implications for economic inequality, political power, and societal organization. This is an important book on a pivotal profession for those concerned about how the top one percent make and keep their money. (Darrell West, The Brookings Institution)

[Harrington] lifts the veil of the wealth management profession…A useful volume for tax policymakers and tax inspectors, the book is also timely: the leak of documents from Panama-based law firm and corporate service provider Mossack Fonseca―known as the Panama papers―led the G20 to improve transparency and exchange of information to stop tax evasion and avoidance by offshore financial centers. (Kiyoshi Nakayama Finance & Development 2016-09-01)

An edifying snapshot of a brave new world of capitalist impunity. (Chris Lehmann In These Times 2016-09-12)

Capital without Borders: Wealth Managers and the One Percent is an innovative approach to addressing a problem that is even more pressing than income inequality―wealth inequality…The book is rich in fascinating detail, from the historical roots of wealth management to a description of a state system that might be called the ‘parasitic twin’ of the Westphalian model. Capital without Borders is a book that everyone who cares about fairness, the rule of law, and equal opportunity should read. Even if, or perhaps especially if, you’re in the ‘one percent.’ (Brenda Jubin ValueWalk 2016-09-11)

Brooke Harrington’s study of wealth management is one of those rare books where you just have to stand back in awe and wonder at the author’s achievement. In this intensely readable study, she offers a first-ever scholarly insight into a profession that was almost unknown a little over two decades ago… Harrington offers profound insights into the world of the professional people who dedicate their lives to meeting the perceived needs of the world’s ultra-wealthy. And, as she makes clear, the most apparently compelling of those needs is to avoid the rule of law… Don’t doubt the importance of this book’s messages: this is a significant and valuable case study at the current frontier of political economy. (Richard J. Murphy Times Higher Education 2016-09-29)

Harrington advises governments seeking to address inequality to focus not only on the rich but also on the professionals who help them game the system. (Richard Cooper Foreign Affairs 2016-11-01)

[A] valuable new book… What makes Harrington’s book unusual is that she chose instead to investigate the wealth management industry itself. There were no short cuts to doing so. Harrington went undercover as a trainee wealth manager for two years, living and breathing the profession. The result is an insight unlike any other into how wealth management works… One of the many merits of Brooke Harrington’s study, therefore, is how it shows that the wealth management industry is a far larger and more integral component of the modern financial system than a focus on the celebrity-saturated case of the Panama Papers might suggest. (Felix Martin New Statesman 2016-10-07)

Brooke Harrington’s overhaul of the One Percent, Capital Without Borders, couldn’t arrive at a better time…Capital Without Borders is an unparalleled exploration of an especially darkened corner of world finance…Harrington’s commentary is a magnifying glass held towards those who are gaining opportunities at the expense of those losing them…Capital Without Borders gives a clear picture as to how the world’s wealthiest people live in a parallel reality to the rest of the world: one out of reach of laws and regulation on a global scale…Capital Without Borders is a vital text for the modern age and a must-read for anyone looking towards a more egalitarian economic future. (Matthew Fay PopMatters 2016-11-17)

In this remarkable work, Harrington relays in-depth interviews with wealth managers for the ultra-rich, building on her previous publications on financial markets and fraud…This work adds unique insights into the extraordinary trust between wealth managers and their rich clients, as well as other nuggets of insight. (M. Larudee Choice 2017-03-01)

Offers a timely account of how the 1% holds on to their wealth…[It] ought to keep wealth managers awake at night…Harrington’s book ought to make professionals involved in wealth management aware that they are operating in an ‘ethical gray area’ and engage in the national discourse on inequality that has been gathering momentum since Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century. (Aifric Campbell Wall Street Journal 2016-12-29)

About the Author

Brooke Harrington is Associate Professor of Sociology at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark.

Product details

  • File Size: 2395 KB
  • Print Length: 389 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0674743806
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press (September 12, 2016)
  • Publication Date: September 12, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01INP11GU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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