The Political Economy of Central Banking
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The Political Economy of Central Banking

Contested Control and the Power of Finance, Selected Essays of Gerald Epstein

Gerald Epstein

Central banks are among the most powerful government economic institutions in the world. This volume explores the economic and political contours of the struggle for influence over the policies of central banks such as the Federal Reserve, and the implications of this struggle for economic performance and the distribution of wealth and power in society.
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Chapter 17: Achieving Coherence Between Macroeconomic and Development Objectives

Gerald Epstein

Abstract

In the aftermath of the Great Financial Crisis of 2007-2008, the United States and Europe are stuck in a state of political paralysis that is leading to a new norm of fiscal austerity, high unemployment, and, in the case of Europe, economic stagnation. With fiscal policy orientated around austerity it is the central banks – the Federal Reserve (the Fed) , the Bank of England (BOE) and the European Central Bank (ECB) – that remain the only macroeconomic authorities with the authority and political power to try to revive these struggling economies.

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