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The Purpose and Structure of the Book

Jan P. Krahnen and Reinhard H. Schmidt

in The German Financial System

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780199253166
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191601651 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199253161.003.0001
 The Purpose and Structure of the Book

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This introductory chapter starts by discussing the motivation for writing the book, which is that although Germany is often cited as the most prominent example of a country with a bank-based – as opposed to a market-oriented financial system – there has, until now, been no account of the many developments and changes that have occurred in the financial architecture of the country. Next, it summarises the questions to be asked from the modern literature on the development and design of financial systems. An outline is then given of the structure of the book, which is divided into four parts that (I) give an introduction to and overview of financial systems and the German financial system in particular (2 chapters), (II) look at the German financial sector and German corporate finance (7 chapters), (III) focus on regulation and corporate governance in Germany (5 chapters), and (IV) based on the previous chapters, take stock and look ahead (1 chapter). The final section outlines the appropriate audiences for the book.

Keywords: bank-based financial system; financial system development; financial systems; German corporate governance; German financial system; regulation

Chapter.  7659 words. 

Subjects: Financial Markets

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