Central Banking in the Twentieth Century

Central Banking in the Twentieth Century

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John Singleton
Cambridge University Press, 11/25/2010
EAN 9780521899093, ISBN10: 0521899095

Hardcover, 350 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 2.1 cm
Language: English

Central banks are powerful but poorly understood organisations. In 1900 the Bank of Japan was the only central bank to exist outside Europe but over the past century central banking has proliferated. John Singleton here explains how central banks and the profession of central banking have evolved and spread across the globe during this period. He shows that the central banking world has experienced two revolutions in thinking and practice, the first after the depression of the early 1930s, and the second in response to the high inflation of the 1970s and 1980s. In addition, the central banking profession has changed radically. In 1900 the professional central banker was a specialised type of banker, whereas today he or she must also be a sophisticated economist and a public official. Understanding these changes is essential to explaining the role of central banks during the recent global financial crisis.

1. A beginner's guide to central banking
2. Very boring guys?
3. Wind in the willows
the small world of central banking c.1900
4. Something for everyone
new central banks, 1900–39
5. A series of disasters
central banking, 1914–39
6. The mysteries of central bank cooperation
7. The first central banking revolution
8. No time for cosmic thinkers
central banking in the 'Keynesian' era
9. Rekindling central bank cooperation in the Bretton Woods era
10. The goose that lays the golden egg
central banking in developing countries
11. The horse of inflation
12. The second central banking revolution
independence and accountability
13. Reputations at stake
financial deregulation and instability
14. Inflation targeting
the Holy Grail?
15. The long march to European monetary integration
16. A world with half a million central bankers.