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15/11 18:00-19:30 Globalisation and regionalization & 16/11 9:30-12:30 Tax Havens

Professor Ronen Palan joined City University London in September 2012. Prior to this he has been a professor of IPE at the University of Birmingham and Sussex University, and a lecturer in International Relations at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He was a visiting professor at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem and York University, Canada. He was also a founding editor of the Review of International Political Economy (RIPE) and member of the Fellow and Promotion Committee at the Institute of Development Studies, Brighton. Professor's Palan's work lies at the intersection between international relations, political economy, political theory, sociology and human geography. He wrote a number of books and numerous articles, book chapters and encyclopaedia entries on the subject of Offshore and Tax havens, state theory and international political economic theory. His work has been translated to Chinese, simple and complex characters, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, French, Russian, Italian, Azeri and Czech. Professor Palan has been interviewed by journals and magazines including the New York Times, The Wall St. Journal, Forbes, The Guardian, The Economist, Le Monde, Alternatives Economiques, Agence France Press, Swiss Business, Dispatches for Channel 4, BBC World Service, National Public radio (NPR). Watch Professor Palan's interview on Bloomberg Television: Can you blame Starbucks for avoiding UK tax?(November 2012). New Book : Sabotage, The Hidden Nature of Finance

I don’t like the word ‘sabotage’,”–a former Goldman Sachs trader admitted. “It’s just harsh…. Though, frankly, how else do you make money in this business…I mean, real money. ”The fundamental motive for financial innovation is not to make the system work better, but to avoid regulation and oversight. This is not a bug of the financial system, but a built-in feature. The president of the US is not a tax avoider because he is an especially fraudulent financier; he’s a tax avoider because he is a wealthy man in a system premised on such deceit. Finance is an industry of sabotage. This book is a brilliant, intellectual detective story that traces the origins of financial sabotage, starting with the work of a prescient American economist who saw the capacity for banks and businesses to dissemble and profit as early as the 1920s. What was accomplished modestly in the first half of the 20th century became a booming global industry in the 1980s. Financialization took over everything, culminating in instruments so complex and confusing their own creators were being destroyed by them in 2008. With each financial bust, people expect to hear who the culprit was, and cynically know to not expect much punishment to ever reach them. But the innovation of this book is to show that each individual gaming the system isn’t a crook—the whole system is sabotage.


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