Who Elected the Bankers?: Surveillance and Control in the World Economy

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A former banker and staff member of the International Monetary Fund, Louis W. Pauly explains why people are deeply concerned about the emergence of a global economy and the increasingly integrated capital markets at its heart. In nations as diverse as France, Canada, Russia, and Mexico, the lives of citizens are disrupted when national policy falls out of line with the expectations of international financiers. Such dilemmas, ever more conspicuous around the world, arise from the disjuncture between a rapidly ...
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A former banker and staff member of the International Monetary Fund, Louis W. Pauly explains why people are deeply concerned about the emergence of a global economy and the increasingly integrated capital markets at its heart. In nations as diverse as France, Canada, Russia, and Mexico, the lives of citizens are disrupted when national policy falls out of line with the expectations of international financiers. Such dilemmas, ever more conspicuous around the world, arise from the disjuncture between a rapidly changing international economic system and a political order still constituted by sovereign states. The evolution of global capital markets inspires an understandable fear among people that the governing authorities accountable to them are losing the power to make substantive decisions affecting their own material prospects and those of their children. Pauly points out that today's capital markets resulted from decisions taken over many years by sovereign states, and particularly by the leading industrial democracies, who simultaneously crafted the instrument of multilateral economic surveillance. The effort to build adequate political foundations for global capital markets spans the twentieth century and links the histories of such institutions as the League of Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the European Union, and the Group of Seven.
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In today's global economy, events throughout the world can have an almost instantaneous and profound impact on the financial markets. In his new book, Pauly (Opening Financial Markets, Cornell Univ., 1988) discusses this concept of globalization. He looks at how today's capital markets have evolved in this century and how multilateral organizations, e.g., the League of Nations, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), have contributed to their growth. While Pauly obviously knows his subject well, his book is somewhat confusing. Who exactly does he mean by the bankers in the title? While he does seem interested in how the IMF emerged after World War II, he doesn't really address the World Bank or the United Nations, and his discussion of multilateral organizations seems one-sided. Those interested in a more comprehensive examination of globalization are encouraged to look at Robert Kuttner's The End of Laissez-Faire (Random, 1991) and Michael E. Porter's The Competitive Advantage of Nations and Their Firms (Free Pr., 1990). Not recommended.Richard Drezen, Washington Post News Research Ctr., Washington, D.C.
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"Surveillance is once more in fashion as we confront the risks of an integrated global financial system. Louis Pauly has written an essential introduction to the history and practice of multilateral surveillance in this century."—Miles Kahler, University of California, San Diego

"Louis Pauly provides us with a lively history of the problems and dilemmas created in a world of growing economic and financial interdependence among politically independent nations. His plea for collaboration and coordination, via multilateral surveillance by the IMF, is well based and deserves wide support."—Robert Solomon, The Brookings Institution

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  • ISBN-13: 9780801483752
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Series: Cornell Studies in Political Economy Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.97 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1 Global Markets and National Politics 1
Ch. 2 The Political Economy of International Capital Mobility 20
Ch. 3 The League of Nations and the Roots of Multilateral Oversight 44
Ch. 4 The Transformation of Economic Oversight in the League 62
Ch. 5 Global Aspirations and the Early International Monetary Fund 79
Ch. 6 The Reinvention of Multilateral Economic Surveillance 98
Ch. 7 The Political Foundations of Global Markets 131
Notes 145
Selected Bibliography 173
Index 179
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