Technology and the architecture of markets: re-configuring the Canadian equity market

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    This paper examines the relation between technical possibilities, liberal logics, and the concrete reconfiguration of markets. It focuses on the enrolling of innovations in communication and information technologies into the markets traditionally dominated by stock exchanges. With the development of capacities to trade on-screen, the power of incumbent market makers has been challenged as a less stable array of competing quasi-public and private marketplaces emerges. Developing a case study of the Toronto Stock Exchange, I argue that narrative emphasis on the performative power of sociotechnical innovations, the deterritorialisation of financial relations, and the erosion of state capacities needs qualification. A case is made for the importance of developing an understanding of: the spaces of encounter between emerging social technologies and property rights, rules of exchange, and structures of governance; and the interplay of orderings of different institutional composition and spatial reach in the reconfiguration of market architectures. Only then can a better grasp be gained of the evolving dynamics between making markets, the regulatory powers of the state, and their delimitations.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article numberDOI:10.1068/a38287
    Pages (from-to)2187-2206
    JournalEnvironment and Planning A
    Publication statusPublished - 2007


    • Securities markets
    • Globalization
    • Stock exchanges
    • Toronto Stock Exchange
    • Electronic Trading


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