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This comprehensive account of the management of the international monetary system from the 1944 Bretton Woods conference to the present day documents the structure and movements of the world economy during a period of dramatic change. Commissioned by the International Monetary Fund to mark its fiftieth anniversary, the work is nevertheless a fully independent one: written by an outside historian with full access to IMF archives and staff, and reviewed by an independent editorial committee. An objective study of issues and events that are often controversial, the book skillfully interweaves the history of the IMF with that of world economic developments after the Second World War. The International Monetary Fund was created at Bretton Woods, but almost immediately the rivalry between the Soviet Union and the West split the industrialized world into two economic camps. As a result the IMF's role underwent significant changes in the immediate post-war years. Harold James analyses the system during a period of relative stability until 1971, when the United States abandoned fixed exchange rates.
Since that time countries have experienced radical fluctuations in the values of their currencies and the IMF has contended with the consequences. James brings to this history a unique breadth of knowledge and mastery of both economic theory and archival sources. In a well-paced and smoothly flowing narrative, key themes emerge, including the IMF's increasing surveillance role in global captial markets and its responsivenes in ensuring international monetary stability. Recent political changes make it possible to bring to light the Fund's work promoting liberalization in planned economies. James also reveals how intellectual changes have led to increasing consensus in the world about what constitutes good economic policy. The gold standard and the dollar standard, he concludes, have been replaced by a new "information standard" under which acccurate economic information is crucial to continuing properity. A story of continuity as well as change, International Monetary Cooperation Since Bretton Woods offers enduring lessons about international economic coordination. It will be of strong interest to all those concerned with the future, as well as the past, of the world economy.
This book is intended for academics.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 765 pages
  • 157.5 x 238.8 x 40.6mm | 1,179.35g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • line figures, tables, bibliography
  • 019510448X
  • 9780195104486

About Harold James

Harold James is Professor of History at Princeton University, where he has taught since 1986. He was previously a Fellow of Peterhouse, Cambridge. He is the author of The Reichsbank and Public Finance in Germany (1985), The German Slump: Politics and Economics 1924-1936 (1986), A German Identity 1770-1990 (1989), and a co-author of a history of Deutsche Bank (1995), as well as editor of The Role of Banks in the Interwar Economy (1991). He has written numerous articles on topics in international economic history.
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"A fine account of international monetary affairs from the end of the Second World War to the early 1990s.... A historian, James is evenhanded and does not typically take sides in the many disagreements that engaged economists and financial officials throughout the period."--Foreign Affairs"Detailed, scholarly, and well referenced. A valuable addition to all libraries."--Choice Magazine..".a thought-provoking survey of the post-war world economy. Like the best histories, this one delights with unexpected detail... Surprisingly, and unlike many other books on the worlkd monetary system, it is a livley and enjoyable read."--The Economist Review..".an admirably clear and thorough history of monetary relations in the postwar era."--Political Science Quarterly..". a work of careful scholarship and sound judgement...well written."--The Economic History Review "A fine account of international monetary affairs from the end of the Second World War to the early 1990s.... A historian, James is evenhanded and does not typically take sides in the many disagreements that engaged economists and financial officials throughout the period."--Foreign Affairs"Detailed, scholarly, and well referenced. A valuable addition to all libraries."--Choice Magazine..".a thought-provoking survey of the post-war world economy. Like the best histories, this one delights with unexpected detail... Surprisingly, and unlike many other books on the worlkd monetary system, it is a livley and enjoyable read."--The Economist Review..".an admirably clear and thorough history of monetary relations in the postwar era."--Political Science Quarterly..". a work of careful scholarship and sound judgement...well written."--The Economic History Review "A fine account of international monetary affairs from the end of the Second World War to the early 1990s.... A historian, James is evenhanded and does not typically take sides in the many disagreements that engaged economists and financial officials throughout the period."--Foreign Affairs "Detailed, scholarly, and well referenced. A valuable addition to all libraries."--Choice Magazine .,."a thought-provoking survey of the post-war world economy. Like the best histories, this one delights with unexpected detail... Surprisingly, and unlike many other books on the worlkd monetary system, it is a livley and enjoyable read."--The Economist Review .,."an admirably clear and thorough history of monetary relations in the postwar era."--Political Science Quarterly .,." a work of careful scholarship and sound judgement...well written."--The Economic History Review "A fine account of international monetary affairs from the end of the Second World War to the early 1990s.... A historian, James is evenhanded and does not typically take sides in the many disagreements that engaged economists and financial officials throughout the period."--Foreign Affairs "Detailed, scholarly, and well referenced. A valuable addition to all libraries."--Choice Magazine , .."a thought-provoking survey of the post-war world economy. Like the best histories, this one delights with unexpected detail... Surprisingly, and unlike many other books on the worlkd monetary system, it is a livley and enjoyable read."--The Economist Review , .."an admirably clear and thorough history of monetary relations in the postwar era."--Political Science Quarterly , .." a work of careful scholarship and sound judgement...well written."--The Economic History Review "A fine account of international monetary affairs from the end of the Second World War to the early 1990s.... A historian, James is evenhanded and does not typically take sides in the many disagreements that engaged economists and financial officials throughout the period."--Foreign Affairs"Detailed, scholarly, and well referenced. A valuable addition to all libraries."--Choice Magazine.,."a thought-provoking survey of the post-war world economy. Like the best histories, this one delights with unexpected detail... Surprisingly, and unlike many other books on the worlkd monetary system, it is a livley and enjoyable read."--The Economist Review.,."an admirably clear and thorough history of monetary relations in the postwar era."--Political Science Quarterly.,." a work of careful scholarship and sound judgement...well written."--The Economic History Review
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