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The financialization of large law firms : situated discourses and practices of reorganization.

Faulconbridge, James and Muzio, Daniel (2009) The financialization of large law firms : situated discourses and practices of reorganization. Journal of Economic Geography, 9 (5). pp. 641-661. ISSN 1468-2710

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        Abstract

        This article uses the case of the financialization of large law firms to develop debates about the process of the ‘capitalisation of everything’ whereby financial logics spread both geographically between countries and sectorally from one industry to another. Drawing on work that analyses how discourses of shareholder value have led to the re-organization of firms, the article argues that large law firms have undergone ‘surgery’ as part of attempts to make them appear more and more profitable when assessed using the metric profits per equity partner. The influence of geographical context—English regulation and institutions relating to the legal profession—on ‘surgery’ in the period 1993–2008 are also outlined as part of a situated analysis of the way regulations and institutions together prevent or enable the reproduction of financialized practices in different industries and places through the creation of conjunctural moments that help financial logics gain legitimacy.

        Item Type: Article
        Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Economic Geography
        Additional Information: This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Journal of Economic Geography following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Faulconbridge, Muzio The financialization of large law firms : situated discourses and practices of reorganization. Journal of Economic Geography 2009 9: 641-661 is available online at: http://joeg.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/9/5/641
        Uncontrolled Keywords: Financialization ; professional services firms ; law ; profit per equity partner
        Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
        Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Lancaster Environment Centre
        ID Code: 28216
        Deposited By: Dr James R. Faulconbridge
        Deposited On: 17 Nov 2009 11:15
        Refereed?: Yes
        Published?: Published
        Last Modified: 19 Dec 2013 16:22
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        URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/28216

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