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The Future of the International Monetary System

Edited by Marc Uzan

Is the international financial architecture debate over? Not according to leading experts gathered together in this impressive volume who try to identify the key trends that will fashion the international financial system in the years ahead. As history has shown, the evolution of the international monetary system is a slow process. However, the authors argue that we may be entering a new era in which a combination of factors will have lasting consequences on the functioning of the international monetary system and the future role of the IMF.
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Andrew G. Haldane, Robert Gray and Henk J. Brouwer


Andrew G. Haldane, Robert Gray and Henk J. Brouwer ANDREW G. HALDANE* I have four points to make: on progress to date on crisis resolution; on where next for the Sovereign Debt Restructuring Mechanism (SDRM); on the resolution of non-sovereign and non-solvency crises; and on moral hazard. On Progress to Date The title of Part V is ‘The aftermath of the SDRM debate’. ‘Aftermath’ makes it sound like a time for tending the sick and wounded following some bloody and destructive battle. In fact, the war of words has been a fairly constructive one. Certainly, this debate has helped catalyse change on the crisis resolution front, which had not been much in evidence in the preceding five or so years. It is possible to speak of tangible progress in a way that would have been unimaginable two years ago. International public policy has three stages: the ideas stage; the turning of those ideas into words (or policies); and applying those policies in practice. On that basis, and over the past 6–12 months, tangible progress has been made on: 1. Access Agreement has been reached at the IMF on new criteria and procedures to accompany any lending above the normal (100/300 percent of quotas) IMF lending limits. Exceptional lending should, in future, require an exceptional level of justification. So we have gone from ideas (for example, Haldane and Kruger 2001) to policies. And the next step is to go from policies to actions in live country cases; 2. Collective...

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