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Financial Inclusion

Critique and Alternatives

By Rajiv Prabhakar

Published

Jan 20, 2021

Page count

178 pages

ISBN

978-1447355939

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Jan 20, 2021

Page count

178 pages

ISBN

978-1447345466

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Jan 20, 2021

Page count

178 pages

ISBN

978-1447355953

Dimensions

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Jan 20, 2021

Page count

178 pages

ISBN

978-1447355953

Dimensions

Imprint

Policy Press
Financial Inclusion

Should the public play a greater role within the financial system?

Decisions about money are a part of our everyday lives. Supporters promote financial inclusion as a way of helping people navigate decisions about money. However, critics fear these policies promote the financialisation of the welfare state and turn citizens into consumers.

Presenting a nuanced, critical analysis of financial inclusion, Rajiv Prabhakar brings together the supportive and critical literatures which have, until now, developed in parallel. Addressing key issues including the poverty premium, financial capability and housing, this essential dialogue advances crucial public, academic and policy debates and proposes alternative paths forward.

"This engaging and timely book makes a convincing case for bringing together theoretical and applied perspectives on financial inclusion in order to develop both a more nuanced understanding of this important issue and a more theoretically grounded set of policies to reduce the poverty premium." Karen Rowlingson, University of Birmingham

“Rajiv Prabhakar’s discussion of the arguments for and against the inclusion of disadvantaged groups in the world of finance and asset ownership is a major contribution to the debate. His analysis of alternative policies towards inclusion is a must-read.” Julian Le Grand, Marshall Institute, London School of Economics

Rajiv Prabhakar is Senior Lecturer in Personal Finance at the Open University and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

What is financial inclusion?

Financial capability: citizens or subjects?

Financial inclusion and saving

The case of housing

Alternatives

Conclusion