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Who Elected the Bankers : Surveillance and Control in World Economy (Cornell Studies in Political Economy) Paperback – September 3, 1998

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ISBN-13: 978-0801483752 ISBN-10: 0801483751

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"Louis Pauly obviously was intent upon startling people when he set out to write the story of the International Monetary Fund, a group that he believes is credited with wielding far more power than it really has. In a careful discussion of the failings of the League of Nations, Pauly details how industrialized nations moved to create the IMF in the midst of World War II in the belief that an organization that balances international monetary policy would help prevent future conflagrations. . . . He shows how the IMF has become intertwined with the political foundations of today's global economy."―Chicago Tribune

"A welcome book. . . . Pauly organizes his claims and evidence in an innovative and effective manner. . . . A provocative introduction and masterly consideration of the main issues. . . . An excellent book. . . . This is a well-written book, expertly edited, and a delight to read. . . . This is an excellent contribution to the literature on international capital mobility and multilateral economic surveillance. . . . Sensitive in analysis, dynamic in its identification of crucial contradictions, thoughtful in interpretation, this book will be a benchmark for future contributions to international political economy."―Timothy J. Sinclair, International Relations

"Louis Pauly's very interesting and readable book examines the relationship between global finance, democracy, and international institutions in the context of OECD countries. Its arguments are important and innovative not just for those studying the political economy of global finance, a field in which Pauly has been a leading figure over the last decade. They are also highly significant to anyone interested in broader debates about globalization and the future of democracy in advanced industrial states. . . . Who Elected the Bankers' will be seen by all as a very welcome and major contribution to debates on the political economy of global finance, the history of international financial policy making and analyses of the relationship between politics and globalization. It deserves a wide audience."―Eric Helleiner, Canadian Journal of Political Science

"As a former staff member of the IMF, Pauly is in a unique position to give a fresh perspective. He traces the development of the IMF from its roots in the League of Nations and gives an excellent account of how it redefined its role after the demise of fixed exchange rates in the 1970s."―Ingrid Bryan, International Journal

"A clear, concise, and well-argued historical analysis. . . . Who Elected the Bankers' can provide the foundation of historical knowledge that interested citizens need in order to engage in the public discussion over international integration that the leaders of powerful states now avoid. I recommend it highly."―Craig N. Murphy, Journal of Interdisciplinary History

"The reader interested in the evolution of the international monetary system in the postwar period will find in Pauly's book a very readable description, and an often insightful interpretation, of events, supported by detailed notes and references."―Finance and Development

"This is a first-rate book. Eminently readable, it provides important historical material and makes a number of salient analytical points."―Benjamin J. Cohen, University of California, Santa Barbara

"This book provides an insightful analysis of the development of an international institutional structure to guide country cross-border financial and economic relationships. As such, it is clearly necessary reading for all those interested in keeping abreast of the opportunities opened, and the constraints set, by a progressively integrated world financial environment."―Manuel Guitián, Director, Monetary and Exchange Affairs Department, International Monetary Fund

"Pauly has written a fascinating book, rich in analysis and with great historical depth, which explains the logic underlying the idea of surveillance of the international monetary system through international organizations."―Harold James, Princeton University

"Louis Pauly brings an insider's knowledge and an economic historian's perspective to bear on an issue of growing concern to democratic nation-states. His highly readable analysis of developments in the sometimes arcane field of international finance challenges the conventional wisdom and concludes with a prediction of when and why 'the retreat from global markets will begin.'"―Ian D. Clark, Partner, KPMG Centre for Government, Toronto

"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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Product Details

  • Series: Cornell Studies in Political Economy
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press (September 3, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801483751
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801483752
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 16, 1999
Pauly is to congratulated on this book. Returning to a period of international monetary history that is often neglected or singularly explored only for its failings, the author quite precisely re-examines the Interwar monetary system and the role of the League of Nations in the "management" and "surveillance" of global financial relations. In identifying the roots of the Bretton Woods System and the IMF's eventual surveillance role in the League's operations, Pauly gives continuity and a measure of depth to our own understandings of today's financial systems. In addition, he explores the difficult question of the legitimacy of the state in an era when financial modernization and integration has humbled policymakers and ruined economies. Who Elected the Bankers? is an important book as we debate the future of our contemporary monetary system by calling our attention to the lessons of the League.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By msangel2 on February 11, 2015
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