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Currency, Credit and Crisis
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The global financial crisis in 2008 brought central banking to the centre stage, prompting questions about the role of national central banks and - in Europe - of the multi-country European Central Bank. What can central banks do, and what are their limitations? How have they performed? Currency, Credit and Crisis seeks to provide a coherent perspective on the functions of a central bank in a small country by assessing the way in which Ireland's financial crisis from 2010 to 2013 was handled. Drawing on his experiences as Governor of the Central Bank of Ireland and in research and policy work at the World Bank, Patrick Honohan offers a detailed analytical narrative of the origins of the crisis and of policy makers' conduct during its most fraught moments.


'A fine account of these extraordinary events.'

Colm McCarthy Source: Sunday Independent

'A valuable and very readable insight into the work of an institution so important that its independence is protected by law …'

Source: Irish Times

'Honohan’s perspective as a policy-maker in one of the worst-affected countries would be valuable in any case. But this book is especially valuable for the unfailingly analytical approach Honohan brings to what he witnessed. It will be required reading for all who wish to understand what happened in the global financial crisis, and how that crisis did not become a calamity.'

Dan Hardie Source: Central Banking Journal

'Ireland has overcome its financial crisis with exemplary success, and Professor Honohan’s account is readable, clear and fascinating. He clearly believes that the euro area’s troubles are not yet over, and it is impossible not to agree.'

William A. Allen Source: Society of Professional Economists

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