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December 2010
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Early in the new millennium it appeared that a long period of financial crisis had come to an end, but the world now faces renewed and greater turmoil. This 2010 volume analyses the past three decades of global financial integration and governance and the recent collapse into crisis, offering a coherent and policy-relevant overview. State-of-the-art research from an interdisciplinary group of scholars illuminates the economic, political and social issues at the heart of devising an effective and legitimate financial system for the future. The chapters offer debate around a series of core themes which probe the ties between public and private actors and their consequences for outcomes for both developed markets and developing countries alike. The contributors argue that developing effective, legitimate financial governance requires enhancing public versus private authority through broader stakeholder representation, ensuring more acceptable policy outcomes.


Review of the hardback:‘Amidst the flurry of commentary provoked by the global financial crisis, this impressive collection of essays stands out for both the breadth of its coverage and the depth of its analysis. The editors have brought together an outstanding group of scholars to address the challenge of financial governance today, with the linked issues of effectiveness and legitimacy taking center stage. The book is a must read.’

Benjamin J. Cohen - Louis G. Lancaster Professor of International Political Economy, University of California, Santa Barbara

Review of the hardback:‘Written in the midst of an emergency that nearly brought down the global economy, the chapters in this timely and cohesive book range widely over a vital arena where the legitimacy and effectiveness of key policies are now highly debatable. The editors gathered many of the world’s best analysts to set out and critically examine the post-crisis reform agenda. The result will reward the careful attention of scholars, students, and practitioners alike.’

Louis W. Pauly - Canada Research Chair in Globalization and Governance and Director of the Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto; Editor, International Organization

Review of the hardback:‘The global financial crisis has demonstrated the weaknesses of international financial governance. The emergence of the G20 is one response, but just a promising beginning. This book offers a wide range of timely lessons from history, political economy and finance to guide us in exploring new paths to a safer international financial system. It is a fine example of how research can inform policy.’

Richard Portes - Professor of Economics, London Business School

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