The Past and Future of Central Bank Cooperation (Studies in Macroeconomic History)

The Past and Future of Central Bank Cooperation (Studies in Macroeconomic History)

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Cambridge University Press, 2008-08-11
EAN 9780521877794, ISBN10: 0521877792

Hardcover, 260 pages, 22.9 x 15.5 x 2.5 cm

This book explores the past and future of central bank cooperation. In today’s global economy, the cooperation between central banks is a key element in maintaining or restoring monetary and financial stability, thereby ensuring a smooth functioning of the international financial system. In this book, economists, historians, and political scientists look back at the experience of central bank cooperation during the past century – at its goals, nature, and processes and at its successes and failures – and draw lessons for the future. Particular attention is devoted to the role played by central bank cooperation in the formulation of minimum capital standards for internationally active banks (the Basel Capital Accord, Basel II), and in the process of European monetary unification and the introduction of the Euro.

'Central banks play as central a role in economic welfare and financial stability today as they have ever played. And globalization makes cooperation among monetary and financial authorities even more crucial than before. This volume throws valuable new light on the way cooperation has been conducted in the past and on some of the key issues that will confront central bank collaboration in the future.' Sir Andrew Crockett, President, JP Morgan Chase International

'This clear and well researched book on 130 years of central bank cooperation will be a unique tool for historians and economists. It doesn't discuss the desirability of cooperation but it explains how it worked (or, in some cases, did not work).' Jacques de Larosière, Former President, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

'The worldwide financial crisis of 2007–08 makes this book very timely. Surveying more than a century of experience, the authors demonstrate that central bank cooperation can help to avoid financial crises or limit the economic damage resulting from them. Conversely, non-cooperation can have disastrous consequences. The book is required reading for central bankers, economic policymakers, and all concerned with our defenses against financial and e Richard Sylla, Stern School of Business, New York University

'It offers a valuable insight into the world of central bank cooperation, both past and future, and how the past is shaping the future.' Journal of Financial History Review