The Geography of Money

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The traditional assumption holds that the territory of money coincides precisely with the political frontiers of each nation state: France has the franc, the United Kingdom has the pound, the United States has the dollar. But the disparity between that simple mental landscape and the actual organization of currency spaces has grown in recent years, as territorial boundaries of individual states limit currency circulation less and less. Many currencies are used outside their "home" country for transactions either ...
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Overview

The traditional assumption holds that the territory of money coincides precisely with the political frontiers of each nation state: France has the franc, the United Kingdom has the pound, the United States has the dollar. But the disparity between that simple mental landscape and the actual organization of currency spaces has grown in recent years, as territorial boundaries of individual states limit currency circulation less and less. Many currencies are used outside their "home" country for transactions either between nations or within foreign states. In this book, Benjamin J. Cohen asks what this new geography of money reveals about financial and political power. Cohen shows how recent changes in the geography of money challenge state sovereignty. He examines the role of money and the scope of cross-border currency competition in today's world. Drawing on new work in geography and network theory to explain the new spatial organization of monetary relations, Cohen suggests that international relations, political as well as economic, are being dramatically reshaped by the increasing interpenetration of national monetary spaces. This process, he explains, generates tensions and insecurities as well as opportunities for cooperation.
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"Benjamin Cohen provides us with a provocative and lively exploration of the internationalization of money and of its policy implications."—Robert Solomon, Guest Scholar, The Brookings Institution

"During this era of global capital markets and currency volatility, Benjamin Cohen has written a book that is timely, informative, and thought-provoking. His refreshing multidisciplinary approach to the role of money in international affairs should be read by all who wish to gain a better understanding of the forces that shape today's global money markets."—Charles H. Dallara, Managing Director, Institute of International Finance, Inc.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801485138
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2000
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 8.93 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Table of Contents

Tables
Preface
Abbreviations
Introduction: Money in International Affairs 1
1 The Meaning of Monetary Geography 8
2 Territorial Money 27
3 Subordinating Monetary Sovereignty 47
4 Sharing Monetary Sovereignty 68
5 Currency Competition and Hierarchy 92
6 A New Structure of Power 119
7 Governance Transformed 131
8 Can Public Policy Cope? 150
Notes 169
References 187
Index 219
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