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Handbook of the International Political Economy of Monetary Relations

Handbook of the International Political Economy of Monetary Relations

Handbooks of Research on International Political Economy series

Edited by Thomas Oatley and W. Kindred Winecoff

This extensive Handbook provides an in-depth exploration of the political economy dynamics associated with the international monetary and financial systems. Leading experts offer a fresh take on research into the interaction between system structure, the self-interest of private firms, the political institutions within which governments make policy, and the ideas that influence beliefs about appropriate policy responses. Crucially they also assess how these factors have shaped the political economy of various facets of monetary and financial systems.

Chapter 20: Financial governance in a globalizing world

Richard W. Mansbach

Subjects: economics and finance, political economy, politics and public policy, international politics, political economy, public policy


With prescience, Susan Strange (1998, 1) described global financial markets in 1998 as 'mad.' 'Why mad? Because to my mind it was, and is, "wildly foolish" . . . to let the financial markets run so far beyond the state and international authorities.' The global financial crisis that began in the United States' subprime mortgage sector and the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers was the result of 'an oversupply of financial innovation and an under-supply of financial regulation' (Seabrooke and Tsingou 2010, 313). Economic globalization produced a financial contagion much like that which swept across Asia in 1997-1998. Debt burdens, the threat of sovereign default, and recurrent liquidity issues reveal the difficulty in achieving cooperation among states in an anarchic world. It also reveals how rapidly financial contagion can spread in a globalized world characterized by complex interdependence that is reflected in rapid and frequently unpredictable flows of immense amounts of money. However, the impediments to interstate cooperation are not insurmountable, and 'international cooperation during this sharp economic recession has been more sustained and stable' (Kahler 2013, 5) than it was during either the Great Depression or the 1981-1982 recession.

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