Monetary Politics

Monetary Politics : The Federal Reserve and the Politics of Monetary Policy

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This is the first book to describe and analyze the relationships between the Federal Reserve and the president, Congress, bankers, and economists. Far from being politically independent, the Federal Reserve is shown to be sensitive to a wide range of political more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 1 b/w illus. 13 tables
  • 113924177X
  • 9781139241779

Table of contents

Preface; 1. The Federal Reserve and the politics of monetary policy: introduction and overview; 2. A capsule history of the Federal Reserve system; 3. Recruitment and selection of Federal Reserve personnel; 4. Bankers and the Federal Reserve; 5. Economists and the Federal Reserve; 6. The president and the Federal Reserve; 7. Congress and the Federal Reserve; 8. Making monetary policy in a political environment: the election of 1972; 9. Monetary politics: a summary; Appendixes; Experiences of notable monetarists; Notes; Bibliographic note; more

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'Monetary Politics is a valuable addition to the literature because of its attention to the monetary side of the political business cycle and for its institutional analysis.' American Political Science Review 'Woolley's study is a refreshing alternative to both the short-term preoccupations with market movements and the trivialisation of the analysis of political influences ... This is a scholarly study, well documented at every point. It is essential reading to anyone who wants to understand monetary policy making in the United States in its full institutional context.' The Banker 'A major contribution to the literature on American governmental institutions and on economic policy-making. This volume fills a large gap.' Journal of Politics 'Woolley's grace as a writer makes the intricacies of monetary policy accessible to non-specialists.' Congressional Quarterly 'John Woolley provides an excellent examination of how the Federal Reserve has played its political cards in recent years.' The American Banker 'His findings are substantiated by the data; his documentation is superb; the empirical evidence is convincing. Woolley has made a solid, new contribution to the literature. Both political scientists and economists who seek the deeper understanding of the Fed and the influence of outside pressures will find his analysis to be very rewarding.' Policy Studies Journalshow more

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