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Ambiguity in international finance and the spread of financial norms: the localisation of financial inclusion in Kenya and Nigeria

Time: 2.00pm - 3.00pm
Price: free

Ambiguity in international finance and the spread of financial norms: the localisation of financial inclusion in Kenya and Nigeria

The Political Economy Research Group (PERG) at Kingston University explores the dynamics of accumulation, distribution, and conflict in its new online summer seminars. Join us and our great line-up of speakers for our live web events!

This week we welcome Florence Dafe (Technical University of Munich).

Despite powerful pressures for convergence towards global financial norms we do not see uniform outcomes across the globe. Instead, local agents seek to adapt foreign agendas to local conditions. While scholarship has illustrated the localization of global norms, we still lack a systematic understanding of why certain localized norms emerge and how we can explain agency in the face of pressures for policy convergence. I offer an analysis of the spread of the financial inclusion agenda to highlight the role that ambiguity in global financial norms and the structural dependence on capital play in explaining the emergence of specific localized norms. Using case studies of central bank promotion of financial inclusion in Kenya and Nigeria, I argue that the ambiguity of the concept of financial inclusion made it compatible with the pre-existing beliefs of local central bankers and helped them to navigate their socio-political environments to implement their preferred vision of financial inclusion. The cases also show that while ambiguity enhances agency, the structural dependence on capital constrains it. More broadly, the study highlights the constructive role ambiguity may play in the spread of financial norms and the agency developing countries may exercise in their engagement with global norms.

Once registered, you will be emailed with a link to the webinar platform 2 hours prior the event, and again 10 minutes before the event begins. You do not need an account to view.

Booking is essential to attend this event.

For further information about this event:

Contact: Dr Christina Wolf
Email: C.Wolf@kingston.ac.uk