Banking on the Future: The Fall and Rise of Central Banking

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Princeton University Press, Apr 12, 2010 - Business & Economics - 336 pages
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The crash of 2008 revealed that the world's central banks had failed to offset the financial imbalances that led to the crisis, and lacked the tools to respond effectively. What lessons should central banks learn from the experience, and how, in a global financial system, should cooperation between them be enhanced? Banking on the Future provides a fascinating insider's look into how central banks have evolved and why they are critical to the functioning of market economies. The book asks whether, in light of the recent economic fallout, the central banking model needs radical reform.

Supported by interviews with leading central bankers from around the world, and informed by the latest academic research, Banking on the Future considers such current issues as the place of asset prices and credit growth in anti-inflation policy, the appropriate role for central banks in banking supervision, the ways in which central banks provide liquidity to markets, the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of central banks, the culture and individuals working in these institutions, as well as the particular issues facing emerging markets and Islamic finance. Howard Davies and David Green set out detailed policy recommendations, including a reformulation of monetary policy, better metrics for financial stability, closer links with regulators, and a stronger emphasis on international cooperation.

Exploring a crucial sector of the global economic system, Banking on the Future offers new ideas for restoring financial strength to the foundations of central banking.

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
What Is Central Banking and Why Is It Important?
9
Monetary Stability
23
Financial Stability
52
Financial Infrastructure
90
Asset Prices
115
Structure Status and Accountability
141
Europe A Special Case
182
Financial Resources Costs and Efficiency
236
International Cooperation
252
Leadership
270
An Agenda for Change
285
AFTERWORD
297
Notes
301
Index
317
Copyright

Central Banking in Emerging Market Countries
212

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About the author (2010)

Howard Davies is director of the London School of Economics and Political Science. Previously, he was chairman of the United Kingdom's Financial Services Authority and deputy governor of the Bank of England. David Green has worked for almost forty years as a central banker and financial regulator, principally at the Bank of England and the Financial Services Authority. Davies and Green are the authors of Global Financial Regulation.

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