Boek cover The Code of Capital van Katharina Pistor (Hardcover)

The Code of Capital

How the Law Creates Wealth and Inequality

Engels | Hardcover | 9780691178974
Hardcover 14,19
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uitgever Princeton University Press
Taal Engels
Bindwijze Hardcover
Aantal paginas 320 pagina's
Illustraties Nee
Auteur(s) Katharina Pistor
Uitgever Princeton University Press
Extra groot lettertype Nee
Gewicht 286 g
Studieboek Ja
Verpakking breedte 162 mm
Verpakking hoogte 29 mm
Verpakking lengte 239 mm


A compelling explanation of how the law shapes the distribution of wealth Capital is the defining feature of modern economies, yet most people have no idea where it actually comes from. What is it, exactly, that transforms mere wealth into an asset that automatically creates more wealth? The Code of Capital explains how capital is created behind closed doors in the offices of private attorneys, and why this little-known fact is one of the biggest reasons for the widening wealth gap between the holders of capital and everybody else. In this revealing book, Katharina Pistor argues that the law selectively codes certain assets, endowing them with the capacity to protect and produce private wealth. With the right legal coding, any object, claim, or idea can be turned into capital-and lawyers are the keepers of the code. Pistor describes how they pick and choose among different legal systems and legal devices for the ones that best serve their clients' needs, and how techniques that were first perfected centuries ago to code landholdings as capital are being used today to code stocks, bonds, ideas, and even expectations-assets that exist only in law. A powerful new way of thinking about one of the most pernicious problems of our time, The Code of Capital explores the different ways that debt, complex financial products, and other assets are coded to give financial advantage to their holders. This provocative book paints a troubling portrait of the pervasive global nature of the code, the people who shape it, and the governments that enforce it.

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