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Federal Central Banks is a unique study that critically examines the role and impact of central banks in federal and confederal political systems.

  • It conducts a detailed examination of the history, design and operation of central banking in the United States and in the European Union.
  • The contradiction between the centralizing features of banking and monetary policy and the political and economic expectations of pluralist federal democracy is explored.
  • Regional economic disparities are seen to be amplified by modern ‘independent’ central banking.
  • The response of the US Treasury and Federal Reserve to the GFC is rated as superior to immature Eurozone institutions. But both underperformed in not providing adequate fiscal-monetary solutions.
  • Quantitative easing rescued the financial sector from collapse, but exacerbated wealth inequalities and failed to provide a sufficiently rapid economic recovery.
  • Federal level banking reforms need to go hand in hand with democratic accountability.
  • The Eurozone governance structures are dysfunctional and undemocratic and should be reformed.

“Central banks are playing a very important role not only in the lives of countries but also in that of their citizens. In this instructive and well documented study the reader will find not only an excellent presentation of two of the world’s most important central banks, but also an easily accessible description of how they work. Highly recommended reading – for experts as well as non-experts.”

Professor Richard Swedberg
Cornell University, Institute for the Social Sciences

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The Global Policy Institute is a London-based think tank on international affairs. It was originally founded in August 2006 as a research institute at London Metropolitan University to analyse the issues of globalisation and to formulate innovative policy solutions. It is now an independent think tank based in Moorgate in the City of London, and draws on both a rich pool of international thinkers, academics as well as policy and business professionals. The Institute gives non-partisan guidance to policymakers and decision takers in business, government, and NGOs.


Policy Analysis for a Changing World

In Memory of Our Founding Director

Stephen Haseler

Professor Stephen Haseler, the Director of the Global Policy Institute, died on Thursday, 20thJuly 2017. European, Atlanticist, radical, controversialist, academic, activist, debater, writer, teacher, friend and mentor, he achieved so very much over a long career and his enthusiasm touched so many of us. He will be sorely missed.

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