Tag Archives: Public Debt

No. 2015/01: Hager, “Public Debt as Corporate Power”

January 6, 2015

Working Paper No. 2015/01 Sandy Brian Hager, “Public Debt as Corporate Power” In various writings Karl Marx made references to an ‘aristocracy of finance’ in Western Europe and the United States that dominated ownership of the public debt. Drawing on original research, this paper offers the first comprehensive analysis of the pattern of public debt … Read More

What Happened to the Bondholding Class? Public Debt, Power and the Top One Per Cent

April 1, 2013

In 1887 Henry Carter Adams produced a study demonstrating that the ownership of government bonds was heavily concentrated in the hands of a ‘bondholding class’ that lent to and, in Adams’s view, controlled the government like dominant shareholders control a corporation.